16-09-2021 06:51 PM Jerusalem Timing

Series of Regional Stances Condemning GCC over Blacklisting Hezbollah

Series of Regional Stances Condemning GCC over Blacklisting Hezbollah

Gulf Cooperation Council’s blacklisting of Hezbollah was met with a series of condemnations and stances which has stressed that the Lebanese party is a resistance movement.

Gulf Cooperation Council’s blacklisting of Hezbollah was met with a series of condemnations and stances which has stressed that the Lebanese party is a resistance movement.

Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Hezbollah was a bulwark against terrorism in the region.

"We are proud of Lebanon's Hezbollah as the vanguard of resistance against the Zionist regime and the champion of the fight against terrorism in the region," Abdollahian told Iran's official IRNA news agency.Hezbollah flag

"Those who call Hezbollah terrorists have intentionally or unintentionally harmed the unity and security of Lebanon."

For his part, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mortada Sarmadi said that the decision is a conspiracy that serves the Zionist entity against the resistance.

On the other hand, Palestinian resistance movement, Islamic Jihad, denounced GCC statement as an escalation that “adds fuel to fire” and threatens the region’s security and stability.

The Islamic Jihad meanwhile, praised Hezbollah as a resistance movement who has a history in the struggle against the Zionist entity as well as in supporting the Palestinian cause.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - General Command also condemned the decision, stressing that the one who is exporting the Takfiri ideology and is calling for normalizing ties with the Zionist entity can’t describe others as terrorists.

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Salim al-Hoss refused GCC’s statement, stressing that such decision serves the interests of Palestine’s enemy as it also sows discord within our nation.

Hoss also said that the decision threatens the unity of the Lebanese people.

Also in Lebanon, Head of Marada movement Sleiman Frangieh hailed Hezbollah as a “source of pride for Lebanon and Arabs.”

On his Twitter account, Frangieh regretted “Hezbollah’s stoning by kin,” referring to GCC’s decision, and noting that such act “pleases our only enemy, which is Israel.”

Earlier on Wednesday, GGCC issued ia statement in which it blacklisted Hezbollah as a "terrorist group."

Later on, interior ministers from several Arab countries took the same stance, denouncing the "practices of terrorist Hezbollah," during  the 33rd session of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers in the Tunisian capital.