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Saudi Arabia welcomes Germany’s classification of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed on Thursday the Kingdom’s welcome to the Federal Republic of Germany declaring Hezbollah militias a terrorist organization and banning all its activities on its soil.

It noted the importance of this step in the framework of regional and international counter-terrorism efforts.

It also reaffirmed the international community the need to take a similar position to maintain international peace and security, and to spare the region and the world the evils of the destabilizing terrorist operations of security and stability.

It is noteworthy that the Kingdom has been classified as a terrorist organization for years by Hezbollah, and since 2015 it started imposing sanctions on entities and persons associated with it.

The German Ministry of the Interior announced earlier Thursday that it had banned Iranian-backed Hezbollah militias entirely on its soil and designated it a terrorist organization.

The police also carried out raids early in the morning to arrest people suspected of being members of the Lebanese militia. “The Interior Minister Horst Seehofer banned the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah in Germany,” a ministry spokesman said on Twitter.

It is noteworthy that security officials believe that up to 1050 people in Germany are members of Hezbollah.

Germany previously separated the group’s political arm and its military units fighting alongside the Syrian regime’s army.

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