Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the European Union designation of Hezbollah’s military wing as a terrorist organization:

“Today’s designation is an important step recognizing the grave threat Hezbollah poses to our mutual security.  This was a long time coming.  This designation strengthens Trans-Atlantic counterterrorism cooperation to target Hezbollah’s ability to raise funds to support its terrorist operations.  A business or charity supporting Hezbollah is as culpable for attacks against innocent civilians as the terrorist group itself.  I will continue working to ensure that the entire Hezbollah operation is designated not only by the European Union, but by all responsible nations.”