Arab League declared Lebanese movement Hezbollah a terrorist group

Mar 13, 2016 08:00 IST

The Arab League on 11 March 2016 declared Lebanese movement Hezbollah a terrorist group. The announcement came only days after the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) adopted the same stance.

The move came during the Arab League Foreign Ministers' meeting at the organisation's seat in Egypt's capital Cairo. Nearly all-22 Arab League members supported the decision, except Lebanon and Iraq, which expressed reservations.

This Arab League decision came a day after Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, accused Saudi Arabia of pressuring Lebanon to silence his group.

Hezbollah, a Shia political organisation with an armed wing, fights in neighbouring Syria to support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

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