The UAE is ruled by princes, with head of state Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Photo: Turkish Presidency Press Office/TT
UAE's head of state Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Photo: Turkish Presidency Press Office/TT

UAE labels Swedish Muslim group as terrorist

The United Arab Emirates has included a prominent Swedish Muslim association on a list of terrorist groups, along with violent and extremist organisations like Boko Haram and ISIS.

Sweden’s Islamic Federation is included on the list because of its alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which has branches across the Middle East and beyond. Those branches range from electoral to armed groups.

However, the chairman of the Swedish Islamic federation, Omar Mustafa, told news agency TT that his group has nothing to do with the Brotherhood.

Mustafa stepped down from the Social Democrats’ executive committee after facing criticism for inviting homophobic and anti-Semitic speakers to address the Islamic Federation.

The UAE supports Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who took over leadership of Egypt after leading a coup against the Muslim Brotherhood.

A group representing Finland’s Tatar national minority has also been included on the UAE terrorist list, TT reports. Finland's foreign minister said it must be a mistake and maybe a misprint. A Norwegian Muslim umbrella organisation has also been listed by the UAE, which confused it with another Norwegian group.

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