Mansour: We Adamantly Reject Placing Hizbullah on Any Terrorism List

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Caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour stated that Hizbullah is an integral part of Lebanon's national and political fabric, reported As Safir newspaper Friday.

He therefore told the daily: “We adamantly reject placing the party on any terrorist list.”

“Hizbullah is represented at parliament and in the government and therefore listing it as a terrorist group is an attempt at political blackmail,” he continued.

“We do not want to politicize this issue,” remarked the minister.

He said that Israel and international powers are attempting to deem the party as a terrorist one, saying that their success will not help achieve stability and security.

On the Syrian conflict, Mansour said: “Lebanon has been adopting the policy of disassociation since the beginning of the crisis and it is distancing itself politically from this issue and its consequences.”

Lebanon does not back one Syrian side against the other, he explained.

Asked about Hizbullah's fighting in Syria's al-Qusayr region, the minister commented: “Some 20 Syrian villages lie near the Lebanese-Syrian border. They were not part of the crisis at first, but they soon became victims of skirmishes.”

“The Syrian army was not present in these regions, which were under the control of gunmen, so the residents made a cry for help” to other powers to aid them, explained Mansour.

“The Lebanese army deployed along the border in the northeast, but it cannot completely thwart the infiltration of gunmen,” he said.

Gulf Arab states will consider placing Hizbullah on its terror list, al-Rai daily reported Thursday.

Bahrain will ask foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to discuss "placing Hizbullah on the terror list" at a meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, it said.

The GCC includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier in May, France sought to call for the military arm of Hizbullah to be added to an European Union terror blacklist due to its backing of the Syrian regime.

"Because of the decisions that have been taken by Hizbullah and the fact that they are fighting very harshly the Syrian population, we have decided to ask that the military branch of the Hizbullah would be considered as a terrorist organization," said Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at the time.

The United States has long designated the group, which is backed by Iran, as a terrorist organization and has been pressing its European allies to follow suit.

Hizbullah has sent almost 1,700 fighters to the strategic town of Qusayr more than a week ago to support the Syrian regime's assault on the rebel stronghold.

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has promised his fighters will help deliver "victory" in the battle, seen as pivotal in Syria's drawn out civil war in which more than 94,000 people have died.

Comments 27
Thumb geha 31 May 2013, 08:02

and who cares what you want?

Missing phillipo 31 May 2013, 14:00

With a Foreign Minister, albeit a Caretaker one, coming out with a statement like that, it is no wonder that Lebanon's standing in the international community is so low.

Thumb primesuspect 31 May 2013, 15:57

I had the same remark about Flame's coming out online.

Missing 11-11 31 May 2013, 08:36

I was wondering which of Assad's lapdogs would come out barking first. Mansour you meaningless stooge, you are told what to say and do by your overseer Ali.

Missing dddd 31 May 2013, 08:42

look at this Assad Doggy, so faithful and loyal a traitor to his country! makes me wana puke!

Missing dddd 31 May 2013, 10:05

I do not know any of the mentioned names you can rest assured!I am solo, but great minds think alike and u seem to be the exception

Thumb turmos 31 May 2013, 12:02

Flame boy... add me to the list coz i just gave you -1 for sheer arrogance and ignorance!

Missing ghzayel 31 May 2013, 09:02

we adamantly reject mansour as syria's oooooops lebanon foreign minister!!!

Thumb habib 31 May 2013, 09:09

Ya ma3ali lwazir aw ennak atrash aw yali 7ake nesralla kezeb rja3 sma3 khitabo la saydak werja3 en2e bi lebnen hajetkon kezeb 3ala NAS

Default-user-icon Truth (Guest) 31 May 2013, 09:13

They are THEE terrorist crime organisation top of the list ! Add to their trophees, in addition to Hariri , the lebanese politicians, Bulgaria, Argentina, Egypt, Azerbaidjian, Thailand, etc...Nigeria as of yesterday where a Hizbollah terrorist cell has been uncovered! It's about time the western world has the decency of labelling this Hizbellashrar, terrorists.....with global reach.

Thumb LebCynic 31 May 2013, 10:16

Proof? Any fool can speculate!

Missing samiam 31 May 2013, 11:03

like your zionist conspiracies

Default-user-icon Slim (Guest) 31 May 2013, 09:45

Please be nice to this guy, and give him the Syria Assad Resistance Hitler diplomatic passport.

Missing samiam 31 May 2013, 10:15

so, who's truly shocked by his statements?

Missing samiam 31 May 2013, 10:16

so, zionist conspiracy again. doesn't that get old, especially without tangible proof?

Thumb thepatriot 31 May 2013, 10:22


Missing maroun 31 May 2013, 12:41

but they are terrorists.knuckle brain

Missing peace 31 May 2013, 12:52

why doesn't aoun ask to label these hezbis as terrorists? didn't he go and cry in the USA that they were and had to be disarmed? LOL!

but hezbis now are democrats for FPM fighting for the good of lebanon after promising that their weapons were NEVER to be used against lebanese (2008! LOL!) and arabs! LOL! aren't FPMers ashamed of supporting a lying ally? they should be if they had any DIGNITY or sense of PATRIOTISM.... but they just look alike now: liars and hypocrits....

Default-user-icon delta forces (Guest) 01 June 2013, 09:13

you need to studdy Aoun bit more willya

Default-user-icon Sam (Guest) 31 May 2013, 12:57

waf waf

Thumb thepatriot 31 May 2013, 16:54

"It was at that time that the embassies of the United States and France were bombed, twice each by the Syrian protected and supported terrorists"

Michel Aoun calling the hezbzbala "terrorists" without naming them.
Michel Aoun's Lecture that he delivered (en English) at the Foundation For the Defense of Democracies- Washington DC, March 7, 2003

Missing maroun1 31 May 2013, 17:36

Why? His nose is the only thing lebanese about him. If we had banned amal after all the thuggery it comitted then we wouldnt have mansour stepping over us.

Default-user-icon John Zorilla (Guest) 31 May 2013, 22:11

Who is this dude?

Missing people-power 31 May 2013, 22:15

That is awesome!

Default-user-icon Sam (Guest) 31 May 2013, 23:41

Mansour you should be ashamed of yourself and do not call yourself Lebanese because you do not care about Lebanon

Default-user-icon TheOversver (Guest) 02 June 2013, 12:40

Do you have any proof that Aoun said that Hezballa is a foreign controlled terrorist organization?

Default-user-icon Ed (Guest) 02 June 2013, 18:52

Mansour is a member of Hizbullah. Of course, he doesn't want to take action against them. These thugs have infiltrated every aspect of Lebanese society.