Hizbullah Slams Australia's 'Terrorist' Listing
Hizbullah has denounced Australia's decision to list the whole group as a "terrorist organization," accusing Canberra of bowing to U.S. and Israeli demands.
Hizbullah has long been targeted by U.S. sanctions and blacklisted by the U.S. and Israel as a "terrorist" organization, but the Iran-backed group is also a powerful political player, with seats in Lebanon's parliament.
Countries have avoided sanctioning the group's political wing, fearing such a move could hamper relations with Lebanese authorities or contribute to destabilizing the country.
Hizbullah in a statement "strongly denounced the Australian authorities' decision," saying it was "a humiliating submission to American and Zionist diktats" and served Israeli interests.
Australia's move extended a pre-existing ban on the group's armed wing.
The "decision and those that have preceded it will not affect Hizbullah's position and its right to resistance," the statement said.