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The efforts of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to officially label the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) a foreign terrorist organization has earned the support of various Arab allies of the United States, Fox News has learned.
“It would be a positive step forward indeed,” declared Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, the Egyptian Ambassador to the United Nations, in response to a question from Fox News last week.
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The West is suffering from “laziness and must do its homework,” Salman Al-Ansari, president of the Saudi American Public Affairs Committee, also told the news network, adding:
The U.S. needs to confront the evils of the Brotherhood as soon as possible. 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?
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U.S. Muslim-majority allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt have all banned MB as a terrorist organization.
Soon after taking office in January of this year, a debate erupted within the Trump administration over adding the Muslim Brotherhood to the State Department and Treasury lists of foreign terrorist organizations (FTO).
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Fox News learned that the debate to label MB a terrorist group continues inside the White House.
“The fight is far from over,” a senior administration official told the news network, noting, “The commitment inside the West Wing to the question of designating the Brotherhood has not waned.”
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The Trump administration is acutely aware of MB’s jihadist roots, according to the official.
He 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.”
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