The United States on Sunday welcomed Serbia’s decision to designate Hezbollah in its entirety as a terrorist organization. It called on the European Union to follow suit by making a similar declaration with regard to the group’s political arm.
“Serbia’s announcement that it will designate [Hezbollah] as a terrorist organization in its entirety is another significant step limiting this Iranian-backed terrorist group’s ability to operate in Europe,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
Both Kosovo and Serbia had committed to this action as part of the US-brokered economic understanding between them signed at the White House earlier this month. Kosovo had already done so in June, but Serbia had yet to take this step.
“This important action was announced as part of the historic commitments President [Donald] Trump secured on a wide range of economic normalization issues between Serbia and Kosovo, coupled with the steps both nations are taking to help achieve peace in the Middle East,” Pompeo said.
Both Israel and the US have campaigned internationally to urge countries to so designate both wings of Hezbollah.