A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has called on the European Union to designate both the political and military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist group.
The June 24 letter was spearheaded by Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) in the U.S. Senate, and Reps. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) in the U.S. House of Representatives. They were joined by 26 additional members in both congressional chambers.
Overall, 17 Republicans and 13 Democrats signed the letter, which states, “The United States remains dedicated to combating global terrorism and its enablers, and we encourage our allies and partners to join in this effort. To build on these efforts, we strongly urge the EU to designate the entirety of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.”
The letter applauds Germany’s April 30 designation of Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, as a terrorist group, and Austria passing a resolution last month calling on the European Union to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist entity.