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Paraguay declares Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, posing a threat to global security and stability

Friday 24/February/2023 - 11:07 AM
The Reference

Paraguay has announced that the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group that threatens international security and stability. This decision was made by the Permanent Committee of the Paraguayan Congress, which consists of 45 members, and was supported by Lilian Samaniego, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee, in a draft resolution presented earlier this week.

According to the resolution, the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in 1928, provides ideological assistance to those who use violence and threaten security and stability in both the East and the West. Paraguay strongly rejects all acts, methods, and terrorist practices, the resolution states.

This decision by Paraguay has been welcomed by local media, with Ultima Hora newspaper reporting that Paraguay, led by Lebanese-born Mario Abdo Benitez, has previously considered Hezbollah, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and Hamas as terrorist organizations. By doing so, the country has limited their ability to plan terrorist attacks and destabilize nations.

Ultima Hora also reminds readers that other countries have also classified these groups as terrorist organizations. Russia did so in 2003, followed by Egypt in 2013, and then Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

This decision by Paraguay is likely to have international implications, particularly given the Muslim Brotherhood's widespread influence in the Middle East and North Africa. The group's political and social activities have been banned in several countries in the region, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Some experts have argued that the Muslim Brotherhood represents a challenge to the traditional political order in these countries.

The decision by Paraguay could also have economic implications. The Muslim Brotherhood has significant financial resources, and its members are involved in a range of business activities in the Middle East and elsewhere. Paraguay's move may have an impact on the group's ability to conduct business in the country and could have wider economic implications for countries that do business with the Brotherhood.

Overall, the decision by Paraguay to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization reflects growing international concern about the group's activities and its potential to destabilize nations. It remains to be seen how this decision will be received by other countries, particularly those in the Middle East and North Africa.