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Tunisia Nobel laureate condemns blacklisting of Hezbollah

AFP , Thursday 3 Mar 2016
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A member of Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize winning quartet on Thursday condemned the decision of Arab states in the Gulf to blacklist Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organisation.

The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), in a statement, said the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah was a "symbol of the (Lebanese) national struggle" against Israel.

Wednesday's move against Hezbollah by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), led by Saudi Arabia, formed part of "an offensive by foreign and other regional forces to divide the Arab world and destroy its forces", UGTT said.

The Sunni monarchies of the Gulf, at a time of deteriorating ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia, "decided to consider the militias (of Hezbollah) a terrorist organisation", GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said.

Hezbollah was targeted because of "hostile actions of the militia who recruit the young people" of the Gulf, he said.

Zayani cited "their terrorist acts and incitement in Syria, Yemen and in Iraq", which he said were threatening Arab security.

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