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Trump will pass bill designating Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group: advisor
Newly-elected US President Donald Trump will pass a bill that designates the Muslim Brotherhood group as a terrorist organization, said Trump’s top foreign policy adviser Walid Phares.
“Trump considers the MB a dangerous group that fuels the Jihadist ideology, thus he seeks for a military strike against the group and will not politically contain the group as Obama and H. Clinton did,” Phares was quoted by Youm7 Wednesday.
In February, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation calling on the State Department to designate the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt a foreign terrorist organization. Since then, the State Department has not taken further steps.
The legislation cites multiple countries who have declared the Brotherhood a terrorist organization, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
In December 2013, Egypt has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Many of the group’s leading figures, including ousted president Mohamed Morsi, are currently being tried on multiple terror-related charges.
Egypt’s chief of staff, French delegation discuss regional developments
Egypt’s Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy met on Wednesday with a high-level French delegation to discuss developments of regional and international issues, Youm7 reported.
The delegation comprised of French President’s adviser for policies and Defense Minister’s adviser. The officials
The meeting dealt with the exchange of visions towards the developments and the current changes on the regional and international arenas, and focused on the latest developments in the Middle East in light of the war on terrorism.
The officials also discussed a number of files and issues of common interest, particularly in the areas of military cooperation between the two armed forces.
Sisi decrees law to combat illegal migration
President Abdel Fattah al Sisi on Tuesday issued law on combating illegal immigration after it was approved by the parliament, Youm7 reported.
The law aims to combat the increase in trafficking of illegal migrants departing from the Egyptian shore of the Mediterranean. The law was passed by the parliament following the capsizing of a boat of illegal migrants that killed 450 of the boat’s passengers right off the Egyptian coast in September.
Under the law, a national coordinating committee will be formed under the prime minister to counter the phenomenon. The law was published in the official gazette on Tuesday.
Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, and 12 of the newly-approved law impose terms of imprisonment up to a maximum sentence of life and a maximum fine of 500,000 EGP ($47,300) on those found guilty of smuggling potential migrants; acting as brokers or middlemen for smugglers or providing shelter to trafficked illegal migrants.
Egypt has intervened in a number of migration attempts by hundreds of asylum seekers from the Middle East and North Africa, particularly from Egypt Syria, Iraq and Libya, via the Mediterranean Sea to Italy or Greece as gates for other European countries.
Egypt’s Sisi congratulates Trump, looks forward to new era of closer ties
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated Donald Trump on Wednesday on his victory in the U.S. presidential election and said he hoped his election would unleash a new era of closer ties with Washington, reported Reuters.
“The Egyptian Arab Republic is looking forward to the period of Donald Trump’s presidency to imbue new spirit into the path of Egyptian-American ties with more cooperation and coordination in the interests of both the Egyptian and American people,” he said in a statement.
A statement from the Egyptian Presidency said that Sisi has invited Trump to visit Egypt.
Forces kill 6 takfiri elements in N. Sinai
Security forces managed to kill six takfiri armed elements in the northern tip of the Sinai Peninsula as part of tight crackdown against extremists, Youm7 reported.
Forces have also destroyed four hubs and two motorbikes that belonged to terrorists.
Saudi Arabia deports 45 Egyptians over illegal residence
Saudi Arabia has deported 45 Egyptians over illegal residence and disputes with sponsors, Youm7 reported.
The deportees arrived Wednesday at Cairo Airport, where three of them were arrested upon arrival over escaping judicial sentences.