European Parliament condemns Iran and Hezbollah for economic and political slump in Lebanon

A view shows buildings damaged as a result of a massive explosion in the port area of ​​Beirut, Lebanon on August 13, 2020. Photo taken with a drone. Photo: REUTERS / Bader Helal – The European Parliament adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution Friday who blamed the Iranian-backed terrorist organization Hezbollah as one of the causes contributing to a destabilized and corrupt Lebanon.

Paragraph “S” of the resolution noted that Hezbollah, which is listed as a terrorist organization by several members of the European Union, retains control of key Lebanese government ministries despite the formation of a new government after the resignation of his previous government in the wake. of an explosion in the port of Beirut that killed more than 217 people, injured thousands and destroyed part of the capital on August 4, 2020.

He also noted that Hezbollah has shown that it has a strong “ideological allegiance” to Iran and that it is destabilizing the Lebanese government.

The long resolution provided a long list of the nation’s woes in the hope that the new Lebanese government led by the prime minister Najib mikati– formed on September 10 after more than a year of stalemate – will keep its democratic promises. Otherwise, the resolution threatened to impose targeted sanctions on Lebanon for “obstructing and undermining the democratic political process”.

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September 20, 2021 9:04 AM

He also noted that due to corruption, those responsible for the disaster over a year ago had not been brought to justice.

The resolution also blamed Hezbollah for the 2019 repression of the Lebanese popular movement and its political and economic crisis, calling on all outside powers to refrain from interfering in the country’s internal affairs and sovereignty, and to respect of political independence.

The resolution was adopted by the European Parliament with 575 votes in favor, 71 against and 39 abstentions.

The European office of the American Jewish Committee, the AJC Transatlantic Institute, welcomed the adoption of the resolution in a press release the same day.

“This must be the European Parliament’s strongest condemnation to date against Iran and its terrorist proxy Hezbollah for undermining the stability of Lebanon,” said its director, Daniel Schwemmenthal. “European lawmakers have thus sent a clear warning to the Tehran regime and their Shiite terrorist group that it is no longer business as usual. The Lebanese people deserve freedom, democracy and prosperity, which will be possible as long as Hezbollah and Iran can continue to drag the country into corruption, crime and war.

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