Gulf states declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization
The Gulf Cooperation Council formally declares Lebanese group to be a terrorist organization; Its secretary general states: It is a militia; Hezbollah’s incitement and terrorist acts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq are contrary to morality and human values.
The decision comes against the backdrop of the recent crisis between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon in which Saudi Arabia has decided to stop the transfer of security assistance to the Lebanese army and Lebanese security forces following the increasing influence of Hezbollah in state institutions.
It was the secretary general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani who made the declaration. "It is a militia. Hezbollah’s incitement and terrorist acts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq are contrary to morality and human values," he said.
Such declarations regarding Hezbollah have been made in the past, but the decision now to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization is designed to give the Gulf states more leeway against Hezbollah, as now they will be able to act more aggressively against it since given it is officially defined as a terrorist organization.
Saudi Arabia periodically imposes sanctions on companies and individuals associated with Hezbollah, and it is likely that after this decision this activity will increase.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah Tuesday called on his supporters to not be dragged into violence as those who would profit would be Israel and Saudi Arabia.
In a speech on TV Nasrallah accused Saudi Arabia of stepping to a low level with the broadcast on Saudi TV last week of a parody of himself, and teased the Saudis currently at war in Yemen saying that "Yemenis are the most deprived people in the world - more than the Palestinians'.