Gulf Cooperation Council made a ‘mistake’ labelling Hezbollah as terrorists: Iran


He said that activity has included recruiting militants for terrorist attacks, smuggling weapons and explosives, and inciting disorder and violence.

States have declared the Shiite organization Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, Al Arabiya reports.
“Hizbullah’s contributions to the historic confrontation in Syria against the terrorism represented in Daesh (Islamic State group), al-Nusra Front and the other terrorist groups have annoyed some of the Gulf capitals”, the official added.
Hezbollah’s leader said on Tuesday Lebanon had been pushed into a new phase of political conflict by Saudi Arabia but was not on the brink of civil war and its government of national unity, of which Hezbollah is a part, should survive.
Qatar and Kuwait followed with similar travel advisories.
The decision reflects rising tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite powerhouse Iran, Hezbollah’s patron.
The GCC cited “terrorist acts and incitement in Syria, Yemen and in Iraq”. The withdrawal of Saudi Arabia’s financial aid has sparked a war of words between opponents and supporters of Hezbollah in Lebanon.(ALSO READ:Hezbollah says Lebanese militant killed in Syria airstrike).
Nasrallah also stepped up criticism of Saudi Arabia, accusing it of directing auto bombings in Lebanon, a stage for some of the sectarian-tinged Iranian-Saudi rivalry that is escalating across the Middle East.
î ² On Friday, Saudi Arabia blacklisted four firms and three individuals it accused of having links to Hezbollah, the Saudi interior ministry said.
Last month, Saudi Arabia cancelled a promised $3-billion grant to the Lebanese army for the purchase of French arms and a $1-billion grant to the country’s internal security forces – a move backed by the GCC.
The growing rifts between Saudi Arabia and Iran have rattled Lebanon, where both nations have competing influence.
A Hezbollah fighter stands on a hill near the Lebanese-Syrian border of the Qalamun mountains.
Military units from 20 countries joined the first region-wide military drills in Saudi Arabia, revealing a new, assertive and robust approach from Riyadh.