The Arab League-affiliated Arab Parliament has decided to designate Hezbollah as a “terrorist group,” the Lebanese Naharnet website reported on Sunday.
Arab Parliament Speaker Ahmed al-Jarwan condemned “Hezbollah’s practices, which are aimed at undermining the security of many countries in the region,” the report, which cited, Kuwait's official news agency KUNA, said.
Al-Jarwan went on to express hopes that Hezbollah “points its weapons at Israel.”
“After discussing some legal aspects related to security issues during the parliament's fourth session at the Arab League headquarters today, especially by members from Kuwait and Bahrain, the Arab Parliament has decided to consider Hezbollah a terrorist group,” al-Jarwan added.
“The Arab Parliament's foreign affairs committee has condemned Hezbollah’s interferences and labeled it terrorist,” he said.
According to al-Jarwan, the parliament also condemned “the direct Iranian interference and the indirect Hezbollah interference in the affairs of the Arab countries,” according to Naharnet.
The move marks yet another blow for the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, which has already been blacklisted twice as a terrorist organization in recent months.
And last week, most states taking part in a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) denounced Hezbollah for spreading “terrorism”, though they stopped short of blacklisting the group.
In February, Saudi Arabia halted a $3 billion program for military supplies to Lebanon in protest against Hezbollah.
After that announcement, Saudi Arabia urged its nationals to leave Lebanon and avoid traveling there, with Qatar and Kuwait later issuing similar advisories. The United Arab Emirates later banned its citizens from traveling to Lebanon.