Germany: Berlin denies reports on banning Hezbollah, distances itself from Lebanon protests

The German government refuted media reports of a total prohibition ban on Hezbollah despite seeing the organisation's role in the Middle East as «critical» and «anti-Semitic», Interior Ministry Spokesperson Steve Alter said in Berlin on Friday. «According to the jurisprudence of the federal administrative court, Hezbollah is altogether opposed to the idea of international understanding because it... Еще fights the right of existence of the Israeli state with terroristic means,” Alter stated at the government’s weekly press briefing. «I would like nonetheless to advertise that we, detached from this specific case, broadly speaking not publicly submit any prohibition bans,» the spokesperson added, rebutting a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel. The report came amid mounting pressure from Washington and Paris to ban Hezbollah, which the US has classified as a terrorist organisation. Berlin also distanced itself from the ongoing anti-government protests in Lebanon with Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Rainer Breul saying, «I would like to underline one thing because it is really important to us: there is no current link to the protests in Lebanon. Germany is of the view that these protests are a national issue and that Lebanese people have to find solutions to this together.»

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