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Pompeo hails Serbia's announcement to label Hezbollah a terrorist organization

September 13, 2020

Serbia's announcement that it will label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization as a whole is another important step that limits the ability of this terrorist group supported by Iran to operate in Europe, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement published on the website of the US State Department on Sunday.

“Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hizballah as a terrorist organization in its entirety is another significant step limiting this Iranian backed terrorist group’s ability to operate in Europe. This important action was announced as part of the historic commitments President 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,“ the statement said.

Pompeo also tweeted on this topic, praising Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on this move saying:

"The dominoes are falling on Hizballah’s European operations. Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hizballah in its entirety helps to further restrict the terrorist organization’s ability to fundraise and operate in the region. Great move by President Vucic.

To which Vucic responded saying Serbia will remain firm in its pursuit of peace and stability.

The State Department's statement urged other European countries to do the same.

“We urge all countries in Europe and elsewhere to take whatever action they can to prevent Hizballah operatives, recruiters, and financiers from operating on their territories, “ the statement said.

Source:  http://rs.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a639448/Pompeo-hails-Serbia-s-announcement-to-label-Hezbollah-a-terrorist-organisation.html

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