A top official has said Germany will not ban Hezbollah’s political wing following Britain’s decision to do so. Germany is under pressure from the United States to take hard action against the Lebanese group.
Niels Annen, deputy minister in the Foreign Ministry, told newsmagazine Der Spiegel that Hezbollah is a relevant factor in Lebanese society and part of the complex political landscape in the country.
The comments come after Britain last month banned Hezbollah in its entirety, accusing the movement of destabilizing the Middle East.
“The British move is a national decision that has no direct impact on the position of the German government or the EU,” Annen said.
Hezbollah is represented in the Lebanese parliament and holds three of 30 ministries in the government led by Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.