CAIRO: The international Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt-based groups Gamaa Islamiyya, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and Soldiers of Egypt were designated “terrorist” organizations by the United Arab Emirates Saturday on a list including 79 other organizations.
The UAE Cabinet approved the list, which included Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group, the Yemeni Houthi Movement, Nigeria’s Boko Haram, and Syria’s Nusra Front, according to the Emirates New Agency (WAM).
The list also included the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim-American Society (MAS).
“We have no dealings with the [UAE], and hence are perplexed by this news,” MAS said in a quickly issued Saturday statement. MAS said it was “shocked” to read the report, and would like to “receive an official response” from the UAE with the help of the U.S. government.
In March, Saudi Arabia also declared dozens of Islamist organizations terrorists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt listed as terrorist in December.
The International Union of Muslim Scholars headed by controversial Qatar-based Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was also on the UAE list.
Ansar al-Sharia, a Libyan group believed responsible for attacking the Egyptian and Emirati embassies in Libya on Nov. 13, also made the list, along with the Al-Shabaab organization in Somalia and several groups in Pakistan.
The UAE Cabinet resolution justified the publication of the list for “purposes of transparency and to raise awareness in society about these organizations,” WAM reported.
Funding and joining the 83 organizations will be banned for Emiratis, and their members will not be able enter the UAE.