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Iran slams move to brand Brotherhood terrorists

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Published on May 07, 2019 with No Comments


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticised the United States for seeking to blacklist the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. “The United States is supporting the biggest terrorist in our region, and that is Israel,” Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Doha.

“Trying to designate others as terrorists, the United States is not in a position, theoretically and practically, to start naming others as terrorist organisations,” he said “We reject any attempt by the United States in this regard,” he added.

In April, the US declared Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards a “foreign terrorist organisation”. Placing the Brotherhood on Washington’s list of foreign terrorist organisations would make it a crime for any American to assist the group and would ban from the United States its members, who are active in political parties in several countries.

Meanwhile, Iran said that it hopes to have good relations with Saudi Arabia and its allies, and called for an end to their bitter dispute with Qatar. Riyadh broke off relations with Tehran in 2016 after protesters angry at its execution of a top Shiite cleric torched its diplomatic missions in Iran.


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