Germany Won’t Fully Outlaw Hezbollah Despite US Criticism – Reports

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Hezbollah has sided with Bashar Assad’s government and crushes terrorists in war-torn Syria and today is part of Lebanon’s parliament and government, but Washington and Tel Aviv claim that the organisation is being used by Iran as a proxy against israel.

Germany will not classify Iran-backed Hezbollah as a terror group, a senior government official said, despite the US, Saudi Arabia and israel pressuring allies to ban the organisation in a blow to Tehran’s influence in the Middle East.

Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, said in an interview with Der Spiegel that Lebanese stability is in Germany’s interest and that the federal government will abstain from banning the Lebanon-based group.

He also rejected US criticism that Berlin was not putting enough efforts into tackling Iran’s influence in the region, stressing that Germany’s foreign policy was focused on finding political solutions even in complex situations.

The German government has repeatedly refused to “fully” ban Hezbollah; federal intelligence agencies believing almost 1,000 members from the group are active in the country, raising funds and recruiting new members.

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