Hezbollah members attend a ceremony in Ansar, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Gulf Cooperation Council designated Hezbollah as a "terrorist organization" Wednesday in a new move signaling a further deterioration in ties between the group and Gulf countries.Meanwhile, Lebanon's Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk objected to the labeling of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in the final decisions of the 33rd conference of the Arab Interior Ministers Council in Tunis. It also accused Hezbollah of backing groups to smuggle weapons and explosives into GCC countries, and inciting "sedition and disorder".In its statement issued Wednesday, the GCC also cited Hezbollah's intervention in Syria, and its alleged roles in the Iraq and Yemen conflicts, as motivation for its decision.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that what drove the GCC to designate Hezbollah a terrorist organization was its practices in Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the world.Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt rejected the classification of Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
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