U.K. Foreign Secretary Hague welcomes Hizballah terrorist group designation

United Kingdom Foreign Secretary William Hague gave a statement on Monday supporting the European Union's designation of the Hizballah military wing as a terrorist group.

"I welcome the agreement today by EU Foreign Ministers to designate Hizballah's military wing as a terrorist organization," Hague said.

Hizballah was formed in 1982 as a response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. The group has been involved in many anti-U.S. terrorist attacks, like the suicide truck bombings of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut in 1983. Although the leadership is located in Lebanon, Hizballah has cells worldwide.

"In reaching this agreement, the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism," Hague said. "It shows that no organization can carry out terrorist acts on European soil, such as the appalling attack in Bulgaria one year ago, without facing the consequences. European nations have rightly come together in response."

Hizballah has been an active part of the Lebanese government since 1992.

"(This) designation will do nothing to affect the EU's and the UK's strong relationship with, and support for, Lebanon," Hague said. "As we have shown by our recent large increases in security and humanitarian assistance to Lebanon, the UK remains deeply committed to Lebanon's stability."