A British delegation from the House of Commons has agreed that the Muslim Brotherhood must be labelled a terrorist organisation, according to Al-Ahram, a state owned newspaper.
The Uk’s five-member delegation is headed by Gerald Howarth – a member of the UK House of Commons and head of the group, ‘Friends of Egypt’ in the British parliament .
The delegation began its five-day visit to Egypt by meeting parliament speaker Abdel-Al and other MPs.
An Egyptian MP stated that the British parliamentary delegation currently visiting Cairo agreed that the Muslim Brotherhood ” must be designated a terrorist organisation. ”
The parliament speaker Ali Abd Aal and other MPs members expressed their regret that the UK is currently giving shelter to a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, according to Tarek El-Khouli, a member of the Egyptian parliament’s foreign affairs committee.
El- Khouli said,”We told them that we feel worry over the remarkable presence of senior Muslim Brotherhood officials and [their] activities in England despite a British report last December that described the Muslim Brotherhood as possible extremists.”
According to El-Khouli’s statement, the British parliamentary delegation said that they fully understand Egypt’s concerns in this respect and they agreed that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organisation that could pose a threat to Britain in the future.
In the same context, an official parliamentary statement pointed that parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Al has called upon British MPs and the UK government not to permit the Muslim Brotherhood to have the UK as an access for carrying out activities that threaten the internal stability of Egypt.
Abdel Aal said,”I urge the UK government and parliament to conduct more studies and research necessary to explore the extremist and radical nature of the Muslim Brotherhood group.”
Moreover, the head of the British delegation reportedly told the parliament speaker and other MPs that “three presidents have pushed their countries into destruction and disrupted the internal cohesion of their countries; Hitler in Germany, Pinochet in Chile, and Morsi in Egypt,” according to Karim Darwish, a member of the foreign relations committee and a member of the Egyptian-British Parliamentary Friendship association yet to be established .
Darwish also cited the head of the British delegation – member of the House of Commons Gerald Howarth – as insisting that “all of Europe should correct its position on what happened in Egypt.”
Howarth said,”The delay in the return of European tourism in Egypt could push many working in this sector into radicalism, and as I see, the vast majority of Egyptians are moderate.”
Osama Heikal, chairman of the Egyptian parliament’s media, culture and antiquities committee, said that the parliament speaker expressed regret that the chairman of House of Commons foreign relations committee had invited members of the Muslim Brotherhood to hearing session last June as Ibrahim Mounir, the secretary-general of the international Muslim Brotherhood, to a hearing session last June.
Heikal said,”The parliament speaker told British MPs that the Muslim Brotherhood has carried out many extremist activities in a number of countries and that it exploits shelter in many countries to penetrate their societies, spread extremism, and take this shelter as a cover for their crimes.
Since the military coup in 2013 led by al-Sisi against the first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi, the Egyptian government launched a brutal crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood group and the supporters of Morsi in general, as well as many other opponents, including liberal figures.