The European Union has proscribed the 'military wing' of Hezbollah, following a meeting with foreign ministers on Monday. Political and economic links between the EU and Lebanon will be maintained.
The British Foreign Secretary William Hague, said:
"In reaching this agreement, the EU has sent a clear message that it stands united against terrorism,"
"We will have to distinguish as best we can"
"Hezbollah has a political role in Lebanon ... but violence ... is unacceptable".
Hezbollah had already been proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands.