Publish date24 Jul 2013 - 9:39
Story Code : 136475

EU will regret blacklisting Hezbollah: Iran MP

An Iranian lawmaker says the European Union (EU) will regret its blacklisting of the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah.
File photo shows Hezbollah combatants march in a rally.
File photo shows Hezbollah combatants march in a rally.
“The European Union decided to put the name of the Lebanese Hezbollah on the list of terrorist groups out of anger, and [it] will regret its move in the future,” Javad Karimi Qoddousi, member of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Tuesday.

He added that Hezbollah’s growing influence among Arab nations and across the world as well as the failure of the EU’s costly policies in Syria are the main reasons behind the bloc’s decision.

“On the one hand, the Western [governments] engage in the tragic carnage of [Syrian] people by dispatching terrorists and supplying arms to Syria, and on the other, they label as terrorists those who stand against oppressors to preserve their rights,” the MP stated.

Karimi Qoddousi noted that the EU’s move will not affect the regional wave of resistance against Israel and that it will further disgrace EU leaders.

On Monday, the EU's 28 foreign ministers unanimously made a decision to put Hezbollah on its blacklist after hours of discussions. The move came after prolonged diplomatic pressure from Washington and Israel.

Hezbollah members have been fighting alongside the Syrian troops against foreign-backed militants in Syria, defeating the extremist terrorist groups in different areas, including in the strategic town of Qusayr which was recaptured by the Syrian Army in June.

Syria says the deadly unrest in country, which has continued since March 2011, is being orchestrated from outside, and that the militants are supported by the West and its regional allies including Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

In a statement on Tuesday, Iranian parliamentarians denounced the European Union’s “anti-Islamic and inhumane” move and expressed their firm support for Hezbollah and its brave leader, Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah.

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