CAIRO: Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said his country is “tremendously concerned” about the state of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt at a press conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Thursday, during comments about the Cabinet decision to label the group a “terrorist organization.”
Such designations “are made on the basis of facts and intel,” the AFP reported Baird as saying.
As for Canada’s stance regarding the status of the Brotherhood, Baird said his country is ready to take rigorous measures, however, it requires more procedures, documents and time before making a decision, in response to a Youm7 reporter’s question during the conference.
Meanwhile, Egyptian Foreign Affairs Minister Nabil Fahmy said during the press conference that “terrorism” and “counter-terrorism” measures are matters of top priority in discussions with Canada.
According to the ministry’s official press release, Baird and Fahmy are also to discuss regional issues such as the Syrian crisis and Palestinian peace negotiations, in addition to building relationships in the political, economic and trade sectors, and socially and culturally connecting Egypt and Canada.
Discussions on Thursday concluded that regional countries who have an interest in establishing stability in Egypt should participate in cooperative initiatives established between Egypt and Canada, particularly as Egypt is seeking Canadian support during the presidential elections, Youm7 reported.
Baird’s visit to Cairo is scheduled for two days.
Additional reporting by Michael Fares and Amal Raslan.