Hezbollah says U.S. "top terrorist state" in the world
The Lebanese Shiite armed group Hezbollah said Wednesday that the United States is the "top terrorist state" which supports terrorism in the world, local Elnashra website reported.
"Hezbollah is honored to be accused of terrorism by the U.S. administration, which is the top terrorist state," the group said in a statement.
It added that statements of U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Jeffrey Feltman are "desperate and empty."
Earlier on Tuesday, Feltman told the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia that Hezbollah remains a terrorist group unless it renounces terrorism both in Lebanon and abroad, referring to Britain's decision to start contacts with Hezbollah, Xinhua reported.
On March 5, Britain's Foreign Office said it has reached out to Hezbollah in order to coax the militant group to lay down its arms and take part in the recovery of the war-torn country.
"It is not strange for Feltman to interfere in Lebanese affairs, which he got used to since he was once an ambassador to Lebanon," Hezbollah added.
The group also accused the United States of supporting Israel which it describes as a "terrorist state" as well.