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Bahraini Political Groups Prohibited from Contact with “Terrorist” Hizbullah

Bahrain-based political organizations are forbidden to have any contact with Lebanon-based Hizbullah, which was termed a “terrorist” group by the Bahraini foreign minister on Monday. Following a speech by Hizbullah chief Sheikh Na’srallah in which he vowed victory for Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad in the civil war, Foreign Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed al-Khalifa tweeted that Na’srallah is a “terrorist.” Those words were backed-up by Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ali al-Khalifa who, according to the Bahrain News Agency, issued an order stating that, "Political associations are banned from making any kind of contact with the Lebanese Hezbollah organization, for it (is) a terrorist organization.” Sunni-Shiite tensions run high in Bahrain as they do throughout the Arab world. The Gulf state is predominantly Shiite but governed by the Sunni minority. Hizbullah is a Shiite organization. Shaky reconciliation efforts between Bahrain’s Sunnis and Shiites are underway.