Lebanon regrets EU decision to blacklist Hezbollah’ armed wing

BEIRUT, July 22 (Xinhua) — Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said Monday that Lebanon regrets the European Union’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing, but said Beirut will maintain its relations with EU members.

In a statement by the PM’s media office, Mikati said “we will follow up on the issue through diplomatic channels, while we wish the EU countries carry out a careful reading of the facts and sought out more information.”

He said “Lebanese society, in all its components, is keen to abide by international law and to maintain excellent relations with EU member states.”

The EU foreign ministers on Monday added Hezbollah’s military wing to its list of “terrorist organizations.”

The decision came after some of EU’s 28 foreign ministers overcame reservations in some member states that such a move would further destabilize Lebanon where the militant group plays a major role.

Lebanon called on the European Commission not to blacklist Hezbollah for being “an essential component of the Lebanese society” and backed by a large majority of the Shiite sects, which holds a parliamentary and governmental representation.

The group’s involvement in fighting in Syria alongside President Bashar al-Assad’s forces has dismayed Western powers which back rebels battling the regime.

(Source / 22.07.2013)

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