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Norwegian MFA confirms Norwegian-Muslim Brotherhood relations. Deputy MFA Director Ragnhild Imerslund tells Dagsavisen Norway has been in limited contact with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in the past. “Through its embassy in Cairo, Norway has had regular contact with the Muslim Brotherhood in recent years. The purpose was to obtain views on the Brotherhood's political development and human rights situation. The need for contact has only been further highlighted by developments in Egypt in recent weeks.” The Muslim Brotherhood is now closer than ever in its 83-year history to assuming power in Egypt, shaping the political future in what is regarded as the largest and most important of the Arab countries, according to the paper.

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Norwegian MFA confirms Norwegian-Muslim Brotherhood relations

Published on Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 13:42 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

Deputy MFA Director Ragnhild Imerslund tells Dagsavisen Norway has been in limited contact with representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood in the past.

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“Through its embassy in Cairo, Norway has had regular contact with the Muslim Brotherhood in recent years. The purpose was to obtain views on the Brotherhood's political development and human rights situation. The need for contact has only been further highlighted by developments in Egypt in recent weeks.”

The Muslim Brotherhood is now closer than ever in its 83-year history to assuming power in Egypt, shaping the political future in what is regarded as the largest and most important of the Arab countries, according to the paper.

In his chronicle, published in The New York Times earlier this week, FM Støre confirms Norway’s dialogue with the Brotherhood, and encourages other countries to establish a new dialogue with Islamist movements in and outside Egypt.

“We we need to see the importance of political dialogue with groups that are different from us,” he wrote, asking rhetorically, “given the situation today, would it not have been valuable to have engaged the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups in a critical dialogue earlier?”

The Norwegian FM’s belief is that the latest events have shown that “the communications revolution of the past decade has changed politics.”

"Such a dialogue is a crucial tool in a world in which information technology gives the voice of diffuse groups much more influence.”He also thinks that ad-hoc groups’ influence has grown and that Islamist groups are more pragmatic than they are thought to be in West.

“I think it would be a serious mistake to let our assessment of the Arab world’s ability to democracy to be based on our worst fears”, he concluded.

The Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo has now said it intends to establish a new political party in the country.

However, Abou Elela Mady, a former Muslim Brotherhood member, who broke with the group to form the more moderate Wasat Party politician, tells newspaper Al Masri al Youm says he believes more time is needed for reform.

“We need a transition period or a year for all parties and organizations to be able to operate freely”, told Mady to the newspaper Al Masri al Youm.




Published on Friday, 18th February, 2011 at 13:42 under the news category, by Nicoleta Dumitrache Sincan.

This post has the following tags: muslimbrotherhood, jonasgarhstoere, ragnhildimerslund.


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