Originally published in Jerusalem Post.

The Republic of Kosovo has officially designated both Hezbollah’s military and political wings as a terrorist group, Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Minister Meliza Haradinaj announced on Twitter on Tuesday.A year ago, Kosovo designated Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist group, but following a proposal by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the parliament decided to designate the political wing as a terrorist entity as well.

“After [Foreign Affairs Ministry’s] proposal, #Kosovo Government decided to declare both the political & military wings of #Hezbollah, a terrorist organization in the territory of the Republic of Kosovo,” Haradinaj said in her Tuesday tweet. “This decision contributes to protect & advance national, regional & global security interests.”

The American Jewish Congress lauded the move.”Hezbollah’s activities are a direct threat to peace and security, and Kosovo’s decision is an important step in the global fight against terrorism,” the AJC said in a statement. “The artificial differentiation between Hezbollah’s political and military wings has created openings for Hezbollah, a proxy of Iran, to continue to engage in its malignant activities in many countries around the world.

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“We urge other countries to follow Kosovo’s example in treating the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist entity and banning all its activities,” they concluded.

Kosovo joins the list of more than a dozen countries and groups of nations – including Israel, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Arab League and the European Union – that have designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

(photo credit: REUTERS)

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