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Argentina mulls blacklisting Lebanon's Hezbollah: Report

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 12, 2019 09:54AM

Argentinean President Mauricio Macri considers designating Lebanon's Hezbollah resistance movement as a terrorist group, a report says.

The plan comes days after Macri hosted a regional summit on countering the powerful resistance movement movement, attended by the US.

Citing sources in the government, Argentinean newspaper La Nacion said Macri had tasked the ministry of security and the financial intelligence unit to find the most rapid way for blacklisting Hezbollah.

"We are evaluating different possibilities," said sources in the government, adding that one of the solutions is "to pass a decree."

The two entities have been tasked by President Mauricio Macri to find the "most rapid" solution to achieve the goal of including the resistance group in the list of terror organizations.

Other sources, however, told the newspaper, "We do not have a majority in Parliament, and it would take too long to pass a law there."

The report comes as Argentina prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the Jewish center bombing, known as the AMIA, on July 18.

Argentine accuses the Lebanese movement of carrying out the bombing, an allegation that Hezbollah describes as "categorically false."

Argentina hosted a regional summit with the United States in attendance earlier this week, during which the two sides discussed ways of "countering Hezbollah."

Earlier this week, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Hezbollah members of Lebanon's parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between the resistance movement and the country's security agencies.

Hezbollah "rejected and denounced" the move, saying it "widened the assault on Lebanon and its people."

The movement was formed following the Israeli regime's invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing occupation of its southern parts in the 1980s. It currently constitutes Lebanon's de facto military power.

Since then, the movement has helped the Lebanese national army retake the occupied regions from Tel Aviv and thwart two Israeli acts of aggression in 2000 and 2006.

It has also been playing a significant role in the Syrian army's fight against Takfiri terror groups, including Daesh and Nusra Front, and preventing the spillover of the foreign-backed war into Lebanon.

Some 50 Hezbollah individuals and entities have been blacklisted by the US since 2017.

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