Czech parliament classifies all branches of Hezbollah as terrorist organizations
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The Czech parliament has classified all branches of the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and called on the Czech government to push for other countries in the EU to adopt this classification, the Foreign Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi thanked the parliament, saying that the decision follows similar decisions made by other countries in the EU and Latin America in the past months.
“The decision of the Czech parliament against Hezbollah is another step in the Foreign Ministry’s effort to expand international pressure on Hezbollah,” said Ashkenazi.
“I call on the European Union and other countries to recognize Hezbollah in all its arms as a terrorist organization.”
The Czech Republic joins a growing list of countries to make such a declaration. On Thursday, Estonia announced sanctions against Hezbollah and on Friday, Guatemala became the eighth country to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization in 2020.
Ashkenazi said at the time that he was happy to see that diplomatic efforts “led by the Foreign Ministry to label all branches of Hezbollah a terrorist organization are bearing fruit and being recognized worldwide – and especially in Latin America.”