2 January 2013

Egypt: UAE Arrests 'Muslim Brotherhood Cell' Allegedly Plotting to Overthrow Government

Sharjah — Egypt sent Essam el-Haddad, President Mohamed Morsi's adviser for foreign affairs and international co-operation, to the UAE for talks on Wednesday, a day after reports that 11 members of a group linked to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party were arrested there.

On Tuesday, the UAE's Al-Khaleej newspaper revealed that a "Muslim Brotherhood cell" of 11 Egyptians were arrested last month after allegedly training local Islamists to overthrow the government. They were supposedly collecting security information about the UAE, holding secret meetings, and sending large amounts of money to Muslim Brotherhood leaders in Cairo.

El-Haddad delivered a letter from Morsi to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahaya "about bilateral relations between the two countries and the ways to develop them in a manner that would serve the interests of the two brotherly nations," WAM state news agency said.

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