TEHRAN (Basirat) : Europe would be facing many problems with the terrorists if Hezbollah did not exist, Tehran said on Monday in reaction to Britain’s listing of the Lebanese resistance movement as a terrorist organization.
In a press conference, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, "In an
optimistic situation, Britain has made a strategic mistake, and in a pessimistic
one, this policy reflects their relations with certain regional countries.”
Hezbollah is an important part of the Lebanese administration and parliament,
played an important role against the terrorists in recent years and prevented
the spread of terrorists to other regions including Europe, Qassemi stated.
Hence, he continued, Hezbollah should be supported and hailed by other
countries. "The British government must be held accountable for the bitter
incidents that might happen in the future.”
Hezbollah proved a strong force against terrorist groups such as Daesh (ISIS),
al-Nusra and other militant groups in Syria.
Qassemi: UAE’s claims shows hateful conduct toward Iran
The spokesman also reacted to the recent allegations made by the Emirati foreign
minister against Iran, saying his remarks showed the UAE’s hateful behavior
Addressing the opening ceremony of the 46th session of the Council of OIC
Foreign Ministers in Abu Dhabi on Friday, Emirati Minister of Foreign Affairs
Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan claimed that Iran interferes in other
countries’ domestic affairs and supports, finances and arms terrorist groups.
"Unfortunately, some countries have gotten used to repeating such claims in
order to cover up the harm their policies have imposed on the Muslim world,”
Taking advantage of the OIC meetings and raising divisive and false issues
against other members are contrary to the organization’s objectives and
philosophy, he added.
‘Tehran, Europe disagree on regional policies’
On Iran’s regional influence and some European countries’ objection to it,
Qassemi said, "We have a difference of opinion with some European countries on
some of Iran’s regional policies, and whenever possible, we’ve tried to explain
to them that Iran’s regional influence, which is raised and vilified by America
and the Zionists, is an inherent, historical and popular influence and it does
not have anything to do with some measures that we take.”
He further said that Iran’s influence "has always existed and is not something
that can be reduced or extended by the request of one or two countries.”
The European countries know that Iran will never accept any conditions about its
domestic and foreign policies and does not need permission from others, he
"We have paid a great price for our country’s independence and will act as an
independent country,” Qassemi added.