The Arab League has rejected recent criticism of Bahrain by the leader of Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah group, declaring it a "clear incitement to violence and terrorism."

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah last week criticized the Sunni rulers of Bahrain for naturalizing new citizens — mostly Sunnis — as a means to change the demographic makeup of the Shiite majority Gulf country.

Nasrallah also condemned the Bahraini authorities for detaining a leader of the main Shiite opposition group, the al-Wefaq party.

The 22-nation Arab League called on the Lebanese government on Thursday to take a clear position on comments that the bloc said amounted to "meddling" in another country's affairs.

Lebanon's Foreign Minister rejected the statement, saying Lebanese national unity is more important that Arab solidarity.