Gulf states may put Hizbullah on terror list: report

AFP , Thursday 30 May 2013

Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss placing Hizbullah on 'terror list' at meeting next week in Saudi Arabia

Gulf Arab states will consider placing Lebanon's Shia party Hizbullah, which is openly involved in the Syrian conflict, on its terror list, Al-Rai daily quoted highly placed diplomats as saying Thursday.

Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to discuss "placing Hizbullah on the terror list" at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, the newspaper said.

Bahrain currently holds the GCC's rotating presidency. The GCC comprises Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The paper did not say whether any action would apply to Hizbullah as a whole or just its militia, whose men are fighting alongside Syrian regime troops in a fierce battle to retake the border town of Qusayr from rebels.

Hizbullah — like Iran — is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. More than 94,000 people have died in Syria since protests erupted more than two years ago, morphing into armed conflict after they were brutally repressed. 

On Monday, Bahrain banned opposition groups from all contact with Hizbullah, a month after branding the movement a "terrorist organisation."

GCC ministers will also discuss Gulf security, including "continued Iranian threats," and especially "Iranian spy rings," in a number of GCC states.

Kuwait has already convicted several Iranians and one of its own citizens for operating a spy ring for Tehran, while Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have said they broke up cells working for the Islamic republic.

Gulf states have repeatedly accused Iran of meddling in their affairs, a charge the Islamic republic categorically denies.

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