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Egypt welcomes UK Muslim Brotherhood review

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the review is an important step in combating terrorism, while the Brotherhood said it will challenge it in court

Ahram Online , Thursday 17 Dec 2015
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(File Photo:) Muslim brotherhood's headquarters in Mokkattam, Cairo. (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the British government's Muslim Brotherhood review issued on Thursday in London, which stated that membership or links to the group should be considered a possible indicator of extremism, but that the group should not be banned.

The Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement Thursday that the conclusion of the review makes it clear that the international community should support Egypt in confronting terrorism and extremist ideology.

The report was commissioned in April 2014 by Prime Minister David Cameron to examine whether the group puts British national security at risk.

Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid said the review is an important step in combating terrorism.

"We hope other countries will take similar steps to enhance counterterrorism efforts," Abu Zaid said in the statement.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been designated a terrorist organisation in Egypt since 2013.

Following the release of the UK report, the Brotherhood issued a statement saying, "we do not accept that these conclusions can be based on credible evidence."

The group said the findings of the report were the result of "pressure by non-democratic regimes in the Middle East," and that it was counterproductive and would bolster extremist ideas that "democracy does not work." 

British PM Cameron said in a statement about the review that Muslim Brotherhood-associated and influenced groups have previously characterised Britain as fundamentally hostile to the Muslim faith and identity, and have expressed support for attacks by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

The Muslim Brotherhood said it would challenge the report in UK court, and will be represented by London-based lawyer Tayab Ali of ITN Solicitors.

The Brotherhood – the Middle East's oldest Islamist movement and traditionally the number one opposition group in Egypt – says it is committed to peaceful activism against the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi from office during the events of the June 2013 uprising.

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