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Arab League declares Hezbollah a 'terrorist organization'

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Arab League declares Hezbollah a 'terrorist organization'

<p>Reports from Egypt say the Arab League has labelled the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah movement a terrorist organisation.</p> <p>Egypt’s state news agency <span class="caps">MENA</span> says the decision was taken by the Arab League’s foreign ministers’ committee on Friday.</p> <p>A diplomat from Bahrain is quoted by <span class="caps">AFP</span> as saying that Lebanon and Iraq expressed “reservations” about the decision.</p> <p>When the Iraqi foreign minister defended Hezbollah at the meeting, it reportedly <a href="http://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2016/03/11/1025455/iraqi-fm-s-hezbollah-remarks-anger-saudi-delegation">prompted a walkout by the Saudi delegation</a>.</p> <p>The decision follows the Arab League’s <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/11/arab-league-picks-egypt-s-aboul-gheit-as-new-chief-with-middle-east-in-turmoil/">appointment of former Egyptian diplomat Ahmed Aboul-Gheit</a> as its new head.</p> <p>It comes as the 22-member body tries to deal with several wars, dangerous regional rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as the jihadist threat.</p> <p>Hezbollah, which is fighting in support of President al-Assad’s forces in Syria, was also recently declared a terrorist group by the monarchies which make up the Gulf Cooperation Council.</p>