Serbia declares Hezbollah a terrorist organization

Serbia designates Hezbollah as terrorist organization. 'Another step in limiting Iranian-backed terror group's operations in Europe.'

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Hezbollah terrorist on watch tower
Hezbollah terrorist on watch tower

The Serbian government announced Sunday that it has designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, outlawing the group and barring it from operating in the Balkan state.

The move drew praise from the US, which issued a statement Sunday, lauding the banning of the Iranian-based terror group as an "important step" in curtailing its operations in Europe.

"Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety is another significant step limiting this Iranian backed terrorist group’s ability to operate in Europe," said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"This important action was announced as part of the historic commitments President Trump secured on a wide range of economic normalization issues between Serbia and Kosovo, coupled with the steps both nations are taking to help achieve peace in the Middle East."

"There is no doubt that the dominoes are falling on Hizballah’s European operations, where it has continued to plot terrorist attacks, procure military technology, and raise much needed funding. Recent actions by Germany and Lithuania against Hizballah follow those taken last year by the United Kingdom and Kosovo. The United States continues to call on the European Union and European nations to designate or ban Hizballah in its entirety, and recognize the reality that it is a terrorist organization root and branch with no distinction between its so-called “military” and “political” wings. We urge all countries in Europe and elsewhere to take whatever action they can to prevent Hizballah operatives, recruiters, and financiers from operating on their territories."