UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Germany will not follow Britain’s lead and the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has declared a terrorist organization, the German magazine Der Spiegel quoted a senior German official as saying on Friday.
The decision would increase tension with Saudi Arabia and the United States.
State Minister Nils Enan told the magazine that the group was still a key component of Lebanese society and that the EU had already included its military wing in the list of banned groups in 2013.
Britain said last month it would impose a ban on all branches and wings of Hezbollah because of destabilizing the Middle East.
Saudi Arabia, the United States and Israel are pressing their allies to impose a complete ban on Hezbollah.
In a statement to the magazine after a visit to Lebanon, Annan said Germany was interested in the stability of Lebanon and Britain’s decision would not have a direct impact on the position of Germany or the European Union.
Earlier on Friday, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said other countries might follow Britain’s example.
He said in a televised address that despite attempts, the group would still have the support of its supporters from countries and peoples.
Annan rejected US criticism of his country, saying it was doing little to counter Iranian influence in the region and said Berlin’s foreign policy would remain concerned with political solutions even to the toughest of positions.
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