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Arab allies of US welcome push against Muslim Brotherhood

Wednesday 09-08-2017 - 05:11 PM
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Washington Arab allies of the U.S. are expressing support if the Trump administration declares the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, according to statements from foreign officials and a senior administration official who spoke to Fox News.


Speaking last week at the United Nations in response to a question from Fox News, the Egyptian Ambassador to the U.N., Amr Abdellatif Abou Latta, expressed support for such a move.
“It would be a positive step forward indeed,” he said.


Salman Al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Affairs Committee, told Fox News that the West is suffering from “laziness and must do its homework.”


“The U.S. needs to confront the evils of the Brotherhood as soon as possible,” he said. “If you have Saudi Arabia saying the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group, if you have Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) saying it’s a terrorist group, then what should stop the U.S. from designating the MB as a terrorist group as long there are hundreds of pieces of evidence that prove this fact?”


The Brotherhood is banned as a terrorist organization in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt.


Fox News previously reported on the internal debates and deliberations in the Trump White House on the move to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO.) 


“The fight is far from over,” a senior administration official told Fox News.
“The commitment inside the West Wing to the question of designating the Brotherhood has not waned,” the official told Fox News.


“The White House completely understands how the modern global jihadi threat, which the president has rightly described as radical Islamic terrorism, can be driven back at its roots to the Brotherhood.”

 

Christopher Holton of the Center for Security Policy, a group that has been at the forefront of efforts to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, told Fox News, “It is an absolutely essential step. 


As the Egyptian ambassador well knows, the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood are identical to those of all the jihadist organizations, such as ISIS, Al Qaeda and Hamas: the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by Sharia.”
In September 2013, an Egyptian court banned the Brotherhood and its associations and ordered that its assets be seized.


In December the interim government declared Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group following the bombing of security directorate building in Mansoura.
This came after overthrown of ousted president Mohammad Morsi by mass protests against his rule in 2013.

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