Iran: GCC made a “mistake” labelling Hezbollah as terrorists
Hezbollah fighters hold flags as they attend the funeral procession of Hezbollah senior commander, Ali Fayyad, who was killed last week during an offensive by Syrian troops and Hezbollah fighters in Syria, in the southern Lebanese village of Ansar, Lebanon, Wednesday - AP
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TEHRAN, Iran: Iran’s deputy foreign minister says a decision by a Saudi-led bloc of Gulf states to label the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah a terrorist organization is a “mistake.”

Iranian state TV Thursday quoted Hossein Amir Abdollahian as saying the Gulf Cooperation Council’s move was a “new mistake” that would undermine peace in the region and the unity of Lebanon. He said Iran was “proud” of Hezbollah.

On Wednesday, a statement from GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif al-Zayani said the bloc decided to implement the terrorist designation because of hostile acts by Iran-backed Hezbollah within its member states.

The decision reflects rising tensions between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and Shiite powerhouse Iran, Hezbollah’s patron.

The GCC ruling brings Gulf states in line with the U.S., who also consider Hezbollah a terrorist group.

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