EU ministers said to agree to blacklisting Hizballah
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||22 July 2013|
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July 22, 2013
European Union foreign ministers reportedly have agreed to designate the military wing of the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hizballah as a terrorist organization.
Diplomats say the ministers reached the decision at a meeting in Brussels on July 22.
The move, which would open Hizballah to EU sanctions, required approval by all 28 EU member states.
Hizballah, which has close links to Iran, has been connected to a bomb attack in EU member Bulgaria last year that killed five Israeli tourists.
It has also recently become involved in the Syrian conflict in support of President Bashar al-Assad.
Earlier, some EU nations had resisted the move, arguing that it could fuel instability in Lebanon and add to tensions in the Middle East.
Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa