Hezbollah refutes 'terrorist' label given by Gulf states

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Hezbollah chief Sayed Hassan Nasrallah rejected Sunday the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states' decision to label his party as "terrorist."

Nasrallah's remarks came several days after the Saudi-led GCC labeled Hezbollah a "terrorist" organization over what it called "terrorist acts and incitement in Syria, Yemen and Iraq" and alleged interference in the affairs of Gulf states.

The resolution followed a series of Saudi measures against Lebanon and Hezbollah that started on February 19 when the Saudi foreign ministry announced that the kingdom was halting around 4 billion dollars military aid to the Lebanese army and security forces.

Nasrallah linked in a televised speech the latest Saudi measures against Lebanon and his party to what he described as the kingdom's "failure" in Syria and Yemen.

The speech also came one week after the funeral of Hezbollah commander Ali Fayyad, who was killed while fighting in Syria's Aleppo province.

He described his party's fighters in Syria as "the real defenders of Lebanese interests," saying "we do not want anything from you. We do not want money, arms or support, just leave this country and people alone" while addressing GCC states.

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