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    The Iranian Foreign Ministry condemned the decision of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf to designate the Hezbollah militant group a terrorist organization.

    TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran has condemned the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) for its decision to designate the Hezbollah militant group a terrorist organization and serves Israel’s interests, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    “We condemn the GCC’s statement on recognizing Hezbollah a terrorist organization,” Sarmadi said.

    He said terrorist organizations in the area are known to everyone, but Hezbollah is a party that contradicts Israel’s policies.

    “Recognizing it as a terrorist organization is part of the plot against the resistance and serves Israel’s purposes,” Sarmadi said.

    Earlier on Wednesday, GCC designated the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group a terrorist organization.

    "The GCC decided to consider the Hezbollah militia, with all its leaders, its factions and organizations affiliated and emanating from it, a terrorist organization," the GCC said in a statement.

    Aside from the GCC, Hezbollah Shia Muslim movement is, partially or entirely, considered a terrorist organization by a number of countries including the United States, Israel and the European Union.

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    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Hezbollah, Morteza Sarmadi, Iran
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