President Trump has said that America’s allies should ban Hezbollah in its entirety. 

The US president made the remarks in a statement on 12 January in which he called Iran “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror,” which has enabled organisations such as Hezbollah “to sow chaos and kill innocent people.”

“I also call on all our allies to take stronger steps with us to confront Iran’s other malign activities,” President Trump said. “Among other actions, our allies should cut off funding to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its militant proxies, and anyone else who contributes to Iran’s support for terrorism.

“They should designate Hezbollah, in its entirety, as a terrorist organization.”

Hezbollah, which is funded and armed by Iran,  is among 60 groups defined as foreign terrorist organisations by the US State Department. The group is also  banned throughout the world, including by the Arab League (22 states), France and Israel, but not in the UK. Britain has only proscribed its military wing and not its political wing, despite the terror group not distinguishing between the two.

MPs are set to meet in Parliament next Thursday to debate whether Hezbollah should be banned. CUFI and partners are asking people to write to their own MP asking them to attend the debate. A CUFI petition calling for the UK to ban Hezbollah outright has also exceeded 15,000 signatures.

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