Bahrain denies entry to Tunisian Nobel Prize winners over Hezbollah row

Published March 7th, 2016 - 07:43 GMT
Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet member, Abdessatar Ben Moussa (R) receives the 2015 Nobel Prize medal as fellow Dialogue Quartet members, Houcine Abbassi (L) and Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh (2nd L) look on at the ceremony in Oslo on December 10, 2015. (AFP/Odd Andersen)
Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet member, Abdessatar Ben Moussa (R) receives the 2015 Nobel Prize medal as fellow Dialogue Quartet members, Houcine Abbassi (L) and Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh (2nd L) look on at the ceremony in Oslo on December 10, 2015. (AFP/Odd Andersen)

Two Tunisian members of a Nobel Peace Prize-winning team were denied entry into Bahrain on Sunday due to an ongoing row over Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, AFP reported.

The two members of Tunisia's trade union federation, Noureddine Taboubi and Abdelkrim Jrad, had planned to participate in a congress of Bahraini trade unions, the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) said.

Sami Tahri, a spokesman for UGTT, told local radio that the two were banned "because of the UGTT's rejection of Hizbullah's classification as a terrorist organization."

Tahri condemned the ban as "undemocratic" and "contrary to international law, adding that "there are always countries which are against any free and independent positions."

Following last week's decision by Arab Gulf states to blacklist Hezbollah as a "terrorist" organization, the UGTT and another member of Tunisia's Nobel Prize winning team denounced the move.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies' blacklisting of Hezbollah comes after Saudi cancelled a $3 billion arms deal to Lebanon and accused Hezbollah of aiding Houthi rebels in Yemen.


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