UK govt delays Muslim Brotherhood report

However, ministers afraid of a backlash from allies in the Middle East have stalled the report’s publication

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A British government report on Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has been delayed as ministers and officials disagree over its findings, the UK-based Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing official sources.

The newspaper said Prime Minister David Cameron, under pressure from allies in the Gulf, had asked a diplomat to conduct an investigation into whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be classified as a terrorist organization.

Citing official sources, the newspaper said that the report had found the political group should not be labeled a terrorist organization and had found little evidence that its members are involved in terrorist activities.

However, ministers afraid of a backlash from Middle East allies have stalled the publication of the report for several weeks, according to Financial Times.

UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Muslim Brotherhood, once Egypt’s oldest, and most successful political movement, has seen hundreds of its members slain and thousands arrested since then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew elected president and Brotherhood member Mohammad Mursi 13 months ago, following weeks of protest.

(With Reuters)