President Michel Aoun's office quoted him as saying that Hezbollah is part of the Lebanese people and is represented in the Cabinet and parliament. The comments by Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, came after his meeting with Britain's Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt on Thursday.
Hezbollah is allied with the Syrian government and Iran. Britain last week banned Hezbollah as a terrorist group, saying it's destabilizing the Middle East. The U.S. also considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
Hezbollah said the decision was proof that the British government is "merely a puppet" that does the bidding of its American "masters."