Canada on Wednesday urged the European Union to keep Hamas listed as a banned terrorist group, after an EU court ordered it removed from a blacklist.
“We are deeply concerned by the decision of the EU General Court to annul, on procedural grounds, the measures against Hamas,” Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement quoted by AFP.
“We call on the EU to take the immediate remedial steps necessary to keep Hamas listed as a terrorist entity,” he added.
Canada lists Hamas as a banned terrorist group.
The decision to remove Hamas, in both its military and governmental branches, from the EU’s list of proscribed terrorist groups was the result of a technical legal blunder.