Guatemala just announced on Friday that it’s now officially designating Hezbollah and all its affiliates as a terrorist organization.
That decision was expected ever since Guatemalan president Alejandro Giammattei reaffirmed his government’s commitment, back in May, to ban Hezbollah after declaring it a terrorist group.
“We have declared Hezbollah to be a terrorist group, but we need more than this designation to be applied to this organization,” he had said, stressing that the ban still requires “a regulatory framework” to prevent the financing of terrorism through his country.
With the framework now in place, after the recent passing of the bill, Guatemala becomes the 8th country this year, including Honduras and Columbia to designate Hezbollah a terrorist group,
The announcement came a day after Estonia announced sanctions on Hezbollah, aligning with 6 other European countries that have already designated the Lebanese Shiite-movement group as a terrorist organization.
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