U.S. Senator Ted Cruz introduces bill to designate Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group

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Fri, 04 Dec 2020 - 07:04 GMT

CAIRO – 4 December 2020: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, reintroduced the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, a bill that urges the U.S. State Department to use designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist Organization.

“I am proud to reintroduce this bill and to advance America’s fight against radical Islamic terrorism.” Cruz, who is known for repeatedly calling on labeling Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist group said Upon introduction the bill earlier this week.

He added: “I commend the current administration’s work calling terrorism by its name and combatting the spread of this potent threat, and I look forward to receiving the additional information this new bill requests from the Department of State.”

He explained that this group has been labeled as terrorist long ago by several countries in the MENA region, and that it causes a lot of chaos across the region; accordingly, he will keep working until a real action takes place.

“Many of our closest allies in the Arab world have long ago concluded that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group that seeks to sow chaos across the Middle East, and I will continue working with my colleagues to take action against groups that finance terrorism.” Cruz stated.

In 2017, Cruz issued a statement labeled “Sen. Cruz Continues Leading the Fight Against Radical Islamic Terrorism in the 115th Congress” in which he reintroduced two bills, alongside Congressman Michael McCaul and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, that will protect Americans from the threat of radical Islamic terror, directing the State Department to hold accountable both the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Muslim Brotherhood, two foreign entities that espouse a violent Islamist ideology with a mission of destroying the West.

According o the statement, both bills require a report on whether these organizations meet the criteria to be designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations, and if so, will enable the U.S. to take action that could stifle the funding they receive to promote their terrorist activities.

Egypt has designated the Muslim Brotherhood group as terrorist since late in 2013, after former President Mohamed Morsi, who also served as head of the "terrorist" group, was ousted. Morsi died in June 2019 after he collapsed in court during his trial.

 

 

 

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