BEIRUT: Bahrain's foreign minister urged the international community Monday to blacklist Hezbollah, accusing it of carrying out terrorist acts and attempting to spread chaos.
“We affirm our condemnation of terrorism, extremism and violence in all its form regardless of its justification and source,” Khalid al-Khalifa said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly.
“... and [affirm] the need to list the Lebanese group Hezbollah as a terrorist organization similar to other ones on the international terrorist list for what the party practices is terrorism, crime, intimidation, and spreads chaos and instability,” he added.
Hezbollah's chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has criticized Bahrain for oppressing the Shiite opposition in the tiny kingdom and keeping silent about the uprising there.
Last week, Nasrallah maintained that his party does not meddle in the affairs of Bahrain, stressing the neutrality of the Shiite opposition.
Earlier this year, Bahrain became the first Arab country to blacklist Hezbollah as a terrorist organization, claiming the Lebanese group trains and supports Shiite groups against the government.
During his Monday speech, the foreign minister also said that one of the challenges facing the region was putting an end to Iran's alleged interference in its affairs and its occupation of UAE islands.
He also noted that his country looked forward to a new and positive rhetoric by Iran and tangible results to dissolve regional tensions.