“The suspected of Hezbollah connections are not Kosovo citizens”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora in Kosovo said that the persons sanctioned for suspected ties with Hezbollah are not citizens of Kosovo.

A day earlier, the Kosovo government decided to impose sanctions on seven individuals and a company linked to the Lebanese military group.

It was reported in some local and international media that these persons are citizens of Kosovo, but the MFA denied this.

According to the MFA, the measures taken demonstrate Kosovo’s commitment as an active part of international alliances against terrorism and violent extremism.

“To promote and protect the peace, democracy and human rights and freedoms, taking such a decision would contribute to continuing to work closely with the United States, as an important ally, and other partners, in the protection of common values, peace, and security,” it is said in the response of the MFA for Radio Free Europe.

At the last meeting of the government of Kosovo, held on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Donika Gervalla said that the sanctions were imposed “following UN Security Council Resolution 1373 against seven individuals and a company for their links to the terrorist organization Hezbollah and their role in the financial network in the Arabian Peninsula.

Sanctions consist of freezing assets, banning travel, and banning the making available of funds by individuals and entities in Kosovo.

On June 23 2020 the government of Kosovo declared the political and military wing of Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite group founded in the 1980s. It has previously been declared a terrorist organization by the United States and other Western states.

Hezbollah supports Tehran’s Shiite Islamic ideology and considers Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, as a political and spiritual guide.