(MENAFN - The Peninsula) The headquarter of the Tunisian General Labour Union at Tunis. Photo credit: Wikipedia
Tunis: A member of Tunisia's Nobel Peace Prize winning quartet on Thursday condemned the decision of Arab states in the Gulf to blacklist Lebanon's Shiite movement Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organisation.
The Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) in a statement said the Iranian-backed group Hezbollah was a "symbol of the (Lebanese) national struggle" against Israel.
Wednesday's move against Hezbollah by the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) led by Saudi Arabia formed part of "an offensive by foreign and other regional forces to divide the Arab world and destroy its forces" UGTT said.
The Sunni monarchies of the Gulf at a time of deteriorating ties between Iran and Saudi Arabia "decided to consider the militias (of Hezbollah) a terrorist organisation" GCC chief Abdullatif al-Zayani said.
Hezbollah was targeted because of "hostile actions of the militia who recruit the young people" of the Gulf he said.
Zayani cited "their terrorist acts and incitement in Syria Yemen and in Iraq" which he said were threatening Arab security.