Iran has condemned Berlin’s ban of Hezbollah exercise in Germany and its designation of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group as a terrorist organisation, saying the transfer serves U.S. and Israeli pursuits, Iranian state media reported on Friday.
German police on Thursday raided mosque associations alleged to be near Hezbollah and banned all of the group’s exercise on its soil after designating it a terrorist organisation, a a lot-anticipated step lengthy urged by Israel and the United States.
“It appears that certain countries in Europe are adopting their stances without considering the realities in the West Asia region and by paying regard only to the objectives of the propaganda machine of the Zionist regime and the confused US regime,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi mentioned in a press release late on Thursday.
He criticised the German authorities for accusing Hezbollah “of promoting armed struggle with terrorist means.” He mentioned the group was “an official and legitimate” member of the Lebanese authorities and parliament and a drive of “political stability.”
According to the German Interior Ministry, the ban implies that Hezbollah symbols can’t be proven at gatherings and in publications or within the media and Hezbollah property will be seized. Because it’s a overseas organisation, it isn’t attainable to ban and dissolve it, the ministry mentioned in a press release.
Israel, which with the United States had been pushing Germany to ban the group, praised the transfer. Israel urged different European Union nations to take related motion.
The EU classifies Hezbollah’s navy wing as a terrorist group, however not its political wing. Britain launched laws in February of final yr, earlier than it left the EU, that categorised Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation.