Canada FM concerned about Egypt's Brotherhood

AFP , Thursday 17 Apr 2014

John Baird
Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird. ( Photo: Reuters)

Canada on Thursday expressed concern about the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

"Canada has taken an aggressive stand when it comes to listings (of terror groups)... but there is a certain process," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said at a news conference in Cairo.

"We are tremendously concerned about the Muslim Brotherhood... but the listings are made on the basis of facts and intel."

Egypt's authorities in December declared the Brotherhood a "terrorist organisation", and Saudi Arabia followed suit last month.

Ottawa's stand comes just weeks after Britain ordered a probe into the Islamist movement over concerns that it was linked to violent extremism.

On April 1, London ordered an investigation into the Islamist movement, to which Morsi belongs.

The story has been edited by Ahram Online. 

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