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Lithuania Designates Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

Lithuania Designates Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

Thursday, 13 August, 2020 - 14:30
FILE PHOTO: A supporter of Lebanon's Hezbollah gestures as he holds a Hezbollah flag in Marjayoun, Lebanon May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Aziz Taher/File Photo

Lithuania on Thursday designated Lebanon’s Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and issued a 10-year ban on all individuals related to the Iran-backed group from entering the Baltic nation’s territory.


“After receiving valuable information from our foreign partners, we can assume that Hezbollah is functioning on the principles of terrorist organization,” Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said.


Linkevicius added, without elaborating, that some persons with the group also pose threat to Lithuania’s national security.


Several countries, including the US and Germany, consider Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The European Union has only designated the group’s military wing as terrorist, in the aftermath of an attack on a tourist bus in Bulgaria in 2012.


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