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Omar Mustafa,  ordförande för Islamiska förbundet i Sverige. Foto: Jessica Gow/TT.
Omar Mustafa, president of the Islamic Federation in Sweden. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT.

Sweden confronts United Arab Emirates over terrorist list

Sweden has demanded an explanation for the United Arab Emirates' decision to label two Swedish Muslim associations as terrorist groups.

The aid organisation Islamic Relief and the Islamic Federation (Islamiska förbundet) have been included on the United Arab Emirates list of designated terrorist groups and organisations that was released over the weekend

Erik Wirkensjö, a spokesperson for Sweden's Ministry for Foreign Affairs, told news agency TT that the Swedish embassy in Abu Dhabi has requested a meeting with the emirate's foreign ministry to discuss the matter.

A number of Muslim organisations in Finland, Norway and Denmark have also been labelled terrorist, meaning they appear on a list alongside jihadi groups like ISIS, the al-Nusra Front and Boko Haram.

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