BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah’s deputy chief says the European Union would be making a “big mistake” to label the Lebanese Shiite militant group “terrorist.”
Sheikh Naim Kassem told Al-Mayadeen TV Friday that such threats “do not concern” or worry the group. He did not elaborate.
France this week joined an EU push to declare the group a terrorist organization amid frustration with Hezbollah’s support for Syria’s military.
France’s move could prove pivotal after Germany joined a British effort to name Hezbollah terrorist. The U.S. has long pressured Europe add Hezbollah to its terrorist list, which would hamper its operations in Europe.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France will ask that the military branch of Hezbollah be considered as a terrorist organization.