Hezbollah condemns Obama's call for terrorist designation

March 22, 2013 12:27

BEIRUT - Lebanon's Hezbollah condemned on Friday a call by US President Barack Obama for the militant Shi'ite group to be designated a terrorist organization following a bomb attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.

The European Union has so far resisted US and Israeli pressure to blacklist Hezbollah, but those demands are likely to increase after a court in Cyprus convicted a Hezbollah member on Thursday of plotting against Israeli interests on the island.Obama said the killing of five Israeli tourists in July, which Bulgaria's government blamed on Hezbollah, as well as its weapons stockpile and support for Syrian President Bashar Assad, were all grounds to take a stand against the group.

"Every country that values justice should call Hezbollah what it truly is - a terrorist organization," he said in Jerusalem on Thursday. Washington has imposed sanctions on Hezbollah over the terrorism allegations.

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