Lithuania designates Iran-backed Hezbollah a terror group, bans entry of its Muslim terrorists
BREAKING: Lithuania designated Iran-backed Hezbollah a terror group, banned entry of Hezbollah affiliated and all activity by the terror group on its soil.
“Having taken into consideration the information acquired by our institutions and partners, we may conclude that ‘Hezbollah’ uses terrorist means that pose threat to the security of a significant number of countries, including Lithuania. We stand together with the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands, as well as other countries that had reached the same conclusion”, Linas Linkevičius, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister, said in a statement.
“We appreciate the successful cooperation between the Lithuanian and Israeli national security agencies. We are thankful to these institutions for their significant work in helping ensure the safety of our citizens”, – said Linkevičius.
The decision made by the Migration Department of the Republic of Lithuania was based on the information on the listed persons’ activities within Hezbollah posing threat to Lithuanian national security interests. The ban is valid for 10 years.
“It is important to note that we support peaceful people of Lebanon and their wish for their country to implement necessary reforms,” – added Linkevičius.
Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called FM Linkevičius and thanked him for the move.