Hossein Jaberi Ansari

Iran condemns PGCC decision to designate Hezbollah ‘Terror Group’

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Thursday lashed out at the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for designating Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement a “terrorist group.”

Speaking to reporters, Jaberi Ansari said Hezbollah represents Muslim efforts for independence, freedom, justice, and integrity, adding that those who are against the resistance group are in fact siding with the policies of the occupiers of Palestine.

“Certain Arab countries are against the Hezbollah resistance movement. The movement represents the efforts and ideals of Muslim nations for independence, freedom, justice, and integrity. Hezbollah stands against the Israeli oppression, occupation, racism and terrorism. It also stands against the Takfiri terrorism and extremism. Those who are behind the move are knowingly or unknowingly undermining the interests of the Muslim nations,” he added.

In reaction to the latest development, the Syrian government has also said that the move by the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) in declaring the Hezbollah resistance movement a “terrorist group” is in line with the Israeli regime’s agenda.

“In a step that is in line with Israeli policy, the PGCC issued a decision classifying Hezbollah a terrorist organization because it is confronting the Zionist project in the region and the Israeli enemy through its great sacrifices which have resonated across the Arab and Muslim nations,” a Syrian Foreign Ministry official was quoted as saying on Wednesday by Syria’s official SANA agency.

The official added that the decision reflected the Saudi Arabia’s confusion and was an attempt to hijack the will of people in the Persian Gulf states, who are against normalization of relations with Israel and establishing mutual ties with the occupying regime.

The resistance group, which is fighting against Israeli occupation of Palestine and Takfiri terrorist groups, including ISIL and the Nusra Front, in Syria, has angered some countries in the Persian Gulf, mainly Saudi Arabia, the official went on to say.

The official also affirmed that Syria will always consider Hezbollah as a resistance movement against the Israeli regime and terrorism and that PGCC’s decision further unmasked the scope of conspiracy against Palestine, Syria, and the resistance.

By Fars News Agency