EU Rep to Meet With Hezbollah Official; Lebanese Media Say Staged to Show EU Commitment to ‘Political Wing’ of Terror Group
Angelina Eichhorst, European Union representative to Lebanon, is expected to meet Thursday with Lebanese terror group Hezbollah’s Ammar Musawi, the party official in charge of international affairs, in Beirut’s southern suburbs, Lebanon’s Daily Star reported.
According to the Daily Star, the move appeared to be a choreographed attempt to reaffirm statements made by European officials that political contacts with Hezbollah would operate as usual following the recent EU blacklisting of the group’s “military wing.”
Twenty-eight EU foreign ministers unanimously agreed Monday to put the “military wing” of Hezbollah on the terrorism blacklist. Hezbollah itself does not distinguish between its political and military wings.
Following meetings with Lebanese officials on Wednesday, Eichhorst said that “dialogue continues between the European Union and all Lebanese political parties, including Hezbollah.”
At the same time, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah said the European Union’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s armed wing means it would share responsibility for any Israeli strike in Lebanon or against the Shiite movement.
“These (European) states have made themselves fully responsible for any Israeli attack on Lebanon or Lebanon’s resistance (Hezbollah) or any target of the resistance,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech, his first since the EU decision was made public.
“These states need to know… that they are giving legal cover to Israel for any attack on Lebanon, because Israel can now claim to be fighting terrorism and to be bombing terrorist targets,” he said.