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Iran, Turkey Reject Trump’s Move to Classify Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization
Ankara has rejected the US move, which the White House confirmed on Wednesday, saying it would promote “anti-Islamism” in the West and around the world.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, for his part, accused Washington of supporting terrorism in the region, stressing that Tehran opposed the inclusion of the “Muslim Brotherhood” on the US list of “terrorist organizations.”
“The US is not in position to (..) start naming others as terror organizations and we reject by any attempt by the US in this regard,” Zarif was quoted by Reuters as saying. “The US is supporting the biggest terrorist in the region, that is Israel,” he added.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that Trump “has consulted with his national security team and leaders in the region who share his concern and this designation is working its way through the internal process.”
According to Reuters, the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood on the US list allows sanctions to be imposed on those who have relations with the group, which is classified as terrorist in a number of Arab countries.
The US announcement comes three weeks after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to Washington. According to the New York Times, which revealed information about Trump’s attempt to classify the Muslim Brotherhood, the president’s initiative faces strong objections, especially within the Pentagon.
Egypt did not officially comment on the US move against the Muslim Brotherhood, but members of the parliamentary foreign relations committee welcomed it.
The Egyptian authorities have classified the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist entity since December 2013, in the wake of a booby-trapped car explosion against a security directorate in an Egypt province, which killed 16 people.