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Egyptians Plead for U.S. Congress to Act

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A group of Egyptian politicians has asked the U.S. Congress to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. (Reuters photo)

A delegation of Egyptian lawmakers traveling with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during his visit to Washington this week met with American lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), to gather support for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in the U.S.

Hussein Wahdan, head of the Egyptian parliamentary delegation, said in a statement that the delegation met Cruz "to provide him with all the documents necessary to put Muslim Brotherhood on the U.S. State Department's list of terrorist organizations," Egypt's Ahram reported.

"In our meetings with U.S. Congress officials, we did our best to expose the terrorist nature of the Muslim Brotherhood," said Wahdan. "We agreed with Senator Ted Cruz that we should work together in the coming period to expose the crimes of the Muslim Brotherhood before American public opinion."

Cruz, along with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), introduced a bill aimed at designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization back in 2015. In January, both lawmakers reintroduced the bill to blacklist the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

"This potent threat to our civilization has intensified under the Obama administration due to the willful blindness of politically-correct policies that hamper our safety and security," Cruz said in a statement in January. "A grand détente with the Muslim Brotherhood and a blind eye to the IRGC are not pathways to peace in this struggle; they guarantee the ultimate success of our enemy. It is time to call this enemy by its name and speak with clarity and moral authority."

The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent group of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.

This article was originally published at JNS.org. Used with permission.

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