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Foreign Secretary welcomes EU designation of Hizballah’s military wing

William Hague: The EU has sent a clear and robust message that it stands united against terrorism.

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Speaking this morning, the Foreign Secretary said:

I welcome the agreement today by EU Foreign Ministers to designate Hizballah’s military wing as a terrorist organisation.

In reaching this agreement, the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism. It shows that no organisation can carry out terrorist acts on European soil, such as the appalling attack in Bulgaria one year ago, without facing the consequences. European nations have rightly come together in response.

Designation will do nothing to affect the EU’s and the UK’s strong relationship with, and support for, Lebanon. As we have shown by our recent large increases in security and humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, the UK remains deeply committed to Lebanon’s stability.

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Published 22 July 2013