Slovenia classifies Hezbollah a terrorist organization

LJUBLANA – Slovenia has joined other EU countries like Germany in fully banning the political and military activities of Lebanese Hezbollah. In an announcement on Monday, the Slovenian government classified the (“Party of God”) a “terrorist organization threatening peace and stability”.

The statement said Slovenia would deal with Hezbollah as “a criminal and terrorist organization that poses a threat to peace and security”, and that “Hezbollah’s activities have become intertwined with organized crime and terrorist and paramilitary activities on a global scale.”

According to Times of Israel newspaper, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi expressed his gratefulness and appreciation to Slovenia for this decision. He said that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization that causes harm primarily to the Lebanese people and takes the country “hostage” to serve Iran’s interests.

Israel, the United States, the Arab League, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and most recently Germany, Britain and many Latin American countries have designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization, while the European Union only designates Hezbollah’s military wing terrorist. This enables the ‘Party of God’ e.g. to raise funds in those countries.

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