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Hezbollah Deputy Received in Paris

France hosts a Hezbollah deputy just three months after the party was added to the EU terrorist list.
Protesters shout slogans as they hold an image of Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during a demonstration against the possibility of a U.S. military strike against the Syrian government, in Tunis September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Anis Mili (TUNISIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTX13G1N
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On July 22, 2013, all 28 European Union (EU) countries unanimously agreed to add Hezbollah’s military wing to the EU list of terrorist organizations. But less than three months later, Europe has opened its doors to Hezbollah as a special guest. On Oct. 12-14, the French Foreign Ministry received Hezbollah deputy Ali Fayyad of the Lebanese parliament as a guest lecturer for French diplomats, analysts and experts; he explained how Paris was wrong and Hezbollah was right.

Paris held a parliamentary symposium on banning the death penalty in the French Senate. Three Lebanese deputies were invited. One was MP Samir Jisr from the parliamentary bloc of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Jisr is a lawyer, the former head of the lawyers syndicate, and chairman of the parliamentary committee involved in the death penalty issue. The second was MP Ghassan Moukheiber from Michel Aoun’s bloc. Moukheiber is also a lawyer and a civil society activist on human rights. The third guest, Fayyad, is neither a lawyer nor directly involved in the symposium’s topic: TheHezbollah deputy is a social sciences professor.

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