Gulf states mull action against Hezbollah
Jeddah, June 3, 2013
Gulf countries will consider taking action against Hezbollah if the Shi'ite Lebanese movement continues its involvement in Syria's civil war or interferes in Gulf affairs, Bahrain's deputy foreign minister said.
Ghanem Al-Buainain said the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regarded Hezbollah's involvement in Syria as "sectarian intervention", but had not discussed listing the group as a terrorist organisation, a step taken by Bahrain last week.
The Arab League and the US have urged Hezbollah to pull its fighters from Syria, where France last week said up to 4,000 guerrillas from the group were fighting alongside forces loyal to President Bashar Al-Assad.
"The ministerial council (of the GCC) condemned Hezbollah's brazen intervention in Syria ... and decided to consider taking action against any Hezbollah interests in GCC countries," he said, without specifying what those interests were.
Buainain was speaking at a news conference after a meeting of foreign ministers of the mostly Sunni GCC, which also includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.
Bahrain last Monday banned domestic political groups from making contact with Hezbollah. - Reuters