VILNIUS – The Israeli government has on Thursday welcomed the Lithuanian government's decision to declare Hezbollah a terrorist organization and ban people affiliated with it from coming to Lithuania.
In a statement, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Gabi Ashkenazi called it "a brave and important decision which is paramount for securing the regional stability".
"I urge every country in Europe to join and outlaw this terror organization," the Israeli minister was quoted as saying in the statement.
Israeli Ambassador to Lithuania Yossef Levy said that "Lithuania proved by this decision once again not only its friendship with Israel but also its strong moral compass which should be a model for other European union countries".
Earlier in the day, the Lithuanian government banned entry to people linked to the Hezbollah paramilitary movement which it regards as a "terrorist organization".
Israel and the US consider the Iran-supported Hezbollah group to be a terrorist organization. This movement is a very important political actor in Lebanon.