The Arab League is facing a backlash for succumbing to Saudi pressure and branding as terrorist the Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah. At a meeting of the Arab League’s foreign ministers in Cairo on Friday, the group declared Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The measure was approved by a majority of the Arab League ministers except those from Lebanon and Iraq. The decision came after the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council officially added Hezbollah to its so-called list of “terrorist” organizations on March 2. The (P) GCC comprises Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait. A number of Arab political parties issued on Saturday statements in which they condemned the Arab League's decision which blacklisted Hezbollah as a terrorist group. The Arab Democratic Party in Lebanon considered that the Arab League is led by the Saudi Arabia to the quagmire of treason, hailing the bravery of the resistance fighters. The Nasserist Party in Egypt considered that the Arab resolution against Hezbollah reflects the complete obedience to the Zionist impositions. In a statement, the Nasserist Party asserted its full support to the Lebanese resistance, warning against the seditions that some Arab regimes are stirring in the region. The Popular Front in Gaza also expressed solidarity with Hezbollah against the Arab resolution during its annual festival to mark the martyr's day. In Iraq, the Risali (Apostolic) movement stressed its support to Hezbollah, hailing the sacrifices of the resistance fighters and the party's Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. Hezbollah deputy head Sheikh Naim Qassem has said that the Arab League move to classify his group as a terrorist organization amounted to a "declaration of aggression" by Saudi Arabia. “Saudi Arabia is trying to affirm that Hezbollah is a terrorist group in all the forums that allow it to make this move. It is putting pressure on others at the Arab foreign ministers meeting to do the same,” Qassem said during a speech in the eastern city of Baalbek. Qassem said Saudi Arabia opposes Hezbollah for three main reasons: the group’s ability to defeat Israel, its commitment to Islamic unity, which he said Riyadh opposes, and Hezbollah’s solidarity with Arab nations in Yemen, Syria and Iraq who have been oppressed by Saudi Arabia. “Certainly, classifying us as terrorist will only strengthen our confidence and steadfastness and will confirm that we are the right ones,” he added. Meanwhile a senior Iranian official has said hegemonic powers and reactionary countries in the Middle East are behind the branding of Lebanon’s resistance movement, Hezbollah, as a terrorist organization by some Arab states. In a meeting with Syrian ulema in Tehran on Saturday, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said Muslims and Arabs are proud of Hezbollah. “While intellectual affiliation and origin of regional extremists, terrorists and Takfiris are quite obvious, we are witnessing that [in a move] led by certain colonial powers and supported by some regional reactionary regime, Hezbollah, which is the symbol of resistance and a source of honor for the Muslim and Arab world, is introduced a terrorist group,” Velayati said. He emphasized that all enemies’ plots would be thwarted in the region. Velayati further said that terrorist and extremist groups are not confined to the region, stressing that they can also jeopardize stability and peace of all world countries, including their supporters. He warned of enemies’ plots to create chaos and discord in the Muslim world and added that Iran has always made efforts to help maintain unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims. Earlier Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Algeria rejected the Arab League’s decision against Hezbollah. While rejecting the decision to brand Hezbollah resistance movement a terrorist organization, Algeria pointed out that the move was in contradiction with the subject matter of international laws. The Algerian deputy foreign minister Abdulqadir Masahel, pointing to the national, political and social role of Hezbollah in Lebanon, said in its foreign policy Algeria always adheres to the issue of non-interference in domestic affairs of other countries and always seeks peaceful solution to disputes and respects the will and demand of the nations. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Saturday that he was not surprised by the Arab League’s "silly" decision to classify Hezbollah a terrorist organization one day earlier. “The latest Arab League decision was silly, and to be honest, I am not surprised by that [decision] from the same body which had authorized the NATO alliance to hit Libya... I thank God that we are not a member of this Arab League,” Moallem said during a press conference in Damascus. Syria’s membership at the Arab League was suspended in November 2011 after the civil war erupted in the country. During the Arab League meeting on Friday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari's defense of Hezbollah prompted the Saudi delegation to storm out of the meeting. "Whoever accuses the Popular Mobilization forces and Hezbollah of terrorism is the one who supports and adopts terrorism," Jaafari said in his speech. Jaafari expressed solidarity with Hezbollah in his speech, underlining that the "Popular Mobilization forces and Hezbollah safeguarded the dignity of Arabs." The Iraqi FM rejected attempts to distort the image of Hezbollah, saying that the party's Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah "is an Arab hero who defended values and principles." Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil defended his decision to abstain from voting on the anti-Hezbollah statement, explaining that it was not in line with terror classifications used by the United Nations and Arab treaties. “Lebanon recorded its reservation on two items which described Hezbollah as terrorist because it does not fall within the UN classification and is not in agreement with Arab treaties to combat terrorism which distinguishes between terrorism and resistance,” Bassil said in a statement. He added that Hezbollah “represents an essential component of the Lebanese people.” Classifying Hezbollah as a terrorist group has been a regular feature of regional meetings since January when the Arab League first made the controversial move at a special session called in response to the attack on Saudi missions in Iran. At the time, Bassil objected to the classification of Hezbollah as a terror group, receiving an avalanche of criticism by members of the March 14 coalition in Lebanon. Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon last month said Bassil's position provided the motivation for Riyadh to cancel $4 billion in military aid to Lebanon. The decision came following recent victories by the Syrian army, backed by Hezbollah fighters, against Saudi-backed Takfiri terrorists fighting to topple the Damascus government. Hezbollah has also played a major role in liberating south Lebanon from the Israeli regime’s army in 2000. The Lebanese resistance movement also assists Palestinian resistance movements in confronting the Israeli regime.