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UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia visits Cairo over Brotherhood inquiry

May 11, 2014 at 11:25 am

UK ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sir John Jenkins, tasked with the Muslim Brotherhood inquiry, has visited Egypt this week and met with government officials, the London-based Al-Araby Al-Gadid reported.

According to informed sources at the British embassy in Cairo, Jenkins visited Cairo two days ago and met with the Ministers of Interior and Justice. The meetings aimed at listening to what officials had to say regarding alleged crimes committed by the MB, its thought and activities in the Arab world and Egypt.

Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee at the Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Soudan told Al-Araby Al-Gadid that Jenkins did not meet with any MB leaders in Egypt during his visit. Another MB official who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the same, adding that MB leaders in London informed authorities that they were ready for any meetings pertaining to the inquiry.

Jenkins Cairo visit followed a visit to Jordan where he met with MB leaders and other political figures.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron had ordered an inquiry into the philosophy and activities of the MB after Saudi and Emirati pressures.

The MB responded to Cameron’s decision, stressing that it is “a lawful organisation which promotes the rule of law and democracy in the many countries in which it has a presence. It does not engage in or promote acts of violence in order to achieve its aims.”