BEIRUT: EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst said Thursday designating Hezbollah’s military wing demonstrated the European organization’s zero tolerance for acts of terror on its soil, during a series of visits to Lebanese officials.
Following her meeting with Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel, Eichhorst said the EU decision was aimed at sending a clear political message that the EU rejected any terrorist act on European soil.
She reiterated that that EU's cooperation with Lebanon would persist and that the Union would not place any veto on Hezbollah’s participation in the next government.
Eichhorst also said it was important for Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to form a unified government that includes all political parties.
She also denied she had received any threats on her life.
The envoy embarked on a tour of Lebanese officials following Monday’s decision by the EU to designate the military wing of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
She is expected to meet two Hezbollah officials Thursday: caretaker State Minister Mohammad Fneish and head of the International Relations office Ammar Musawi.
Hezbollah’s Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah responded Wednesday to the EU decision, saying the organization had succumbed to pressure from the U.S. and Israel.
He also said that such a decision would make the EU complicit in any Israeli attack on Lebanon or resistance targets as it provided the Jewish State the “legal cover” for aggression.