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Norway’s Fm meets with MB slamming the West’s double standards
Norway’s Fm meets with MB slamming the West’s double standards
In an effort to break the West’s cycle of sidelining Egypt’s popular Muslim Brotherhood and support democracy in the country Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere met with MB members following the ouster of Mubarak who had continued to demonize the group and stem their activities during his rule.
Wednesday, March 2,2011 08:31
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In an effort to break the West’s cycle of sidelining Egypt’s popular Muslim Brotherhood and support democracy in the country Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere met with MB members following the ouster of Mubarak who had continued to demonize the group and stem their activities during his rule.

According to Stoere the approach by Western governments smacked of double standards concerning the MB labelling it as deficient. He stated that he believed it was appropriate that the MB be among the groups that the West meets with and that they should be taken into account.

In an interview by Reuters Stoere stated that although there were some fundamental differences of views when it comes to a number of issues the purpose is to understand changes in Egypt. He continued that if the West was to effectively support democratic change in Egypt, than excluding the MB which is highly representative is a poor starting point.

Views differed where British Prime Minister David Cameron, did not meet the group explaining  his policy alleging that  young people should see there was an alternative to what he described as an extreme Islamist opposition.

Stoere’s views were different as he asserted that there was a deficiency of the Western approach to the whole region. He warned against a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy in the West’s approach to different groups in this region stressing this approach was indirectly victimising groups.

He emphasized the significance of breaking the cycle of double standards by the West when it came to discussing democracy adding that through discussion and open dialogue with the MB its position on Egypt's future would be clarified.

 The FM ended his interview stressing that he believed the diversity was larger than that kind of unipolar interpretation relayed by the West asserting that the uprising against Mubarak had illustrated that the MB was a group with strong nationalistic characters.

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Islamic state Riaaz Abdurahman
Islam and therefore the Muslim brotherhood is the only option for Egypt. Anything else would lead back into the same pro-west anti-Islam policy of the military regime since 1977. Islam is the only solution for all Muslim states and especially the Arab states which reached the height of civilisation only when ruled by Islam. Allah grants honour to who he chooses and honour can only come through Islam and the footsteps of the final messenger.
Wednesday, March 2,2011 21:53
wow Ali
you are so very very wrong. You want a society like Iran? Why don't you just move there then.
Thursday, March 3,2011 03:53
Abdurahman - Muslim state Epsilon - Norway
Partly agree with Abdurahman. After all, if the people of Egypt do want their country to be based upon religious values, they should have that will fulfilled. After all, that\'s what a democracy is all about. I would however question Abdurahmans claim that all the Arab countries were on top during the Muslims empire(s). Egypt was on top in ancient times, of which many ancient treasures were destroyed by Muslims (and Christians alike). Like the many books from the great library of Alexandria that were burned because they were said to speak against the Muslim faith. I do however, as written, support a \"Muslim state\", if that is what the people of Egypt want, if they do not repeat such intolerant actions. And if they stay as tolerant against minorities as we are against Muslims in the west (yeah, there are many verbal fights between many of \"us\" and Muslims, but that is free speech... the rights of Muslims here are the same as for everyone else). It is double morale to claim one want democracy in Egypt, but don\'t want to allow the brotherhood to express themselves. Even I, who seriously dislike organized religion, see that. Peace, from Norway
Thursday, March 3,2011 11:16
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