In latest spat with Lebanon, Gulf states declare Hezbollah a ‘terrorist’ organization

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon over an ongoing dispute involving Iran escalated on Wednesday when the Riyadh-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – made up of Saudi Arabia, the United
Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman – made the declaration.

The head of the GCC accused Hezbollah of “hostile acts” in the six-nation bloc. “The council’s countries will take the necessary measures to put this decision into effect based on the terrorism-combat laws,” Abdel-Latif al-Zayani said.

In response to the move, former Lebanese prime minister Saad al-Hariri said he would continue dialogue with Hezbollah.