U.S. State Department: We Do Not Differentiate between Hizbullah Wingsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
The United States said Tuesday it does not differentiate between Hizbullah's armed and political wings as it again urged Europe to blacklist the group, a decision diplomats indicated could be imminent.
A formal request to brand the party as a terrorist group was filed by Britain and is to be discussed at closed-door talks June 4 of a committee overseeing the EU list of people and groups subject to its asset freezing regime, European diplomats said.
The decision would require unanimity from all 27 European Union states.
In an email, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told Agence France Presse the U.S. was "increasingly concerned about Hizbullah's activities on a number of fronts -- including its stepped up terrorist campaign around the world, and their critical and ongoing support" for the Bashar Assad regime.
"Countering these activities has been, and will remain, one of our highest priorities," Ventrell said.
"The United States does not distinguish between Hizbullah's political/military/terrorist wings," he noted, adding U.S. information indicates "Hizbullah's numerous branches and subsidiaries share common funding, personnel, and leadership, all of which support the group's violent actions."
"We have been urging our European partners -- and other countries around the world -- to take a wide range of steps to crack down on Hizbullah, including sanctions and increased law enforcement cooperation with the United States," the spokesman added.
The United States and Israel, both of which have the party on their terror blacklists, have long urged Europe to follow suit.
U.S. President Barack Obama expressed concern on Monday over Hizbullah's "active and growing role" aiding Syria's army against rebels trying to topple the government in a phone call to President Michel Suleiman.
Lebanon is officially neutral on the violence in Syria, but a range of Lebanese groups are openly intervening in the conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people since it began in March 2011.
Hizballa has one flag, one leader, but no God.... Just spreading death threats in parliament, or physical death in Lebanon, Syria or Israel for that matter.
In israel? I wish they were spreading physical death among the zionists who bombed our children, parents and grand parents alike.
I wasn't aware they bombed Iraq. Isn't it we're you parents are grandparents originate from?
Absolutely correct...the whole party and members and their cronies should be on the terrorist list.
Well, Roar isn't even Lebanese nor Iranian, probably has a pro-HA girlfriend which is why he'd be so passionate about it.
How about placing all of Hizbullah's wings on the list of terrorist organizations? Oh, they already are? Duh! Then let's just second mowaten and say: HA is a Fascist Sectarian Terror organization and all efforts should be made to curb its activities and those of its supporters, which brings us to one possibility: let Israel attach them and finish them off. Oh, they already tried and failed miserably and now all they do is bark, bark, bark? Duh! Awaiting mowaten's tactics.
Look at the photo, impressive indeed (very impressive). I just wish they were Lebanese in their thoughts and the Lebanese flag was theirs.