JEDDAH: SULTAN AL-TAMIMI
Published — Monday 3 June 2013
Last update 13 June 2013 9:38 am
The Gulf Cooperation Council yesterday unanimously declared Lebanon-based Hezbollah a terrorist organization and said it would take measures against the group’s interest in the Gulf countries.
“All GCC countries are convinced that Hezbollah is a terrorist organization,” Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Ghanim bin Fadl Al-Buainain told reporters following a meeting of GCC foreign ministers in Jeddah.
He said the GCC countries had always tried to establish better ties with Iran and asked Tehran to stop its provocative actions including meddling in the internal affairs of Bahrain and espionage against Saudi Arabia.
GCC Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the six-member group is ready to have dialogue with Iran if it changes its policies.
“There is no difference of opinion among the GCC countries on considering Hezbollah a terrorist organization, especially after its involvement in the Syrian conflict,” Al-Buainain said referring to the armed militia’s fighting in Qusayr alongside regime forces.
The GCC foreign and finance ministers had a joint meeting here yesterday to discuss important topics for strengthening economic and trade ties among the member states.
The meeting discussed Gulf security, “continued Iranian threats, especially the busting of Iranian spy rings,” in a number of GCC states.
Kuwait has already convicted several Iranians and one of its own citizens for operating a spy ring for Tehran, while Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have busted Iranian spy cells.