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Friday, January 4, 2013
Excerpts: Egypt Senate council to deal with UAE re Brotherhood cell. Iran welcomes return of nuclear talks January 04, 2013

Excerpts: Egypt Senate council to deal with UAE re Brotherhood 'cell'. Iran
welcomes return of nuclear talks January 04, 2013

+++SOURCE: Saudi Gazette 4 Jan.’13:”Egyt senate to deal with Brotherhood
arrest in United Arab Emirates,”
SUBJECT:Egypt Senate council to deal with UAE re Brotherhood ‘cell’

QUOTE:”Egypt has set up a council to negotiate the release of its nationals
arrested in the UAE”

FULL TEXT:CAIRO – Egypt has set up a council to negotiate the release of its
nationals arrested in the UAE reportedly for spying and raising funds for
President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party, local media said
Thursday[3 Jan.].

The council, formed by the newly-empowered senate, will “work toward the
release of Egyptian doctors in the Emirates and investigate the
circumstances of (their) arrest,” newspapers quoted senate president Ahmed
Fahmi as saying.

The Al-Khaleej daily reported this week that the United Arab Emirates had
dismantled a “cell” linked to the Brotherhood which was recruiting Egyptian
expatriates in the Gulf country, mostly doctors and engineers.

The Brotherhood’s spokesman Mahmud Ghozlan said the arrest was part of an
“unjust campaign” against Egyptian expats, as Egypt sent a presidential
adviser to the UAE for talks with Emirati leaders.

At least 10 people “belonging to a cell linked to the Brotherhood’s
leadership in Egypt” were arrested, Al-Khaleej said.

The group “gathered large sums of money which they sent illegally to their
parent organization in Egypt,” gathered secret defense information on the
UAE, and held secret meetings with their Egyptian superiors. It said the
“Brotherhood offered training to the cell on how to bring about regime
change in Arab countries.”

During the past year, the United Arab Emirates announced it had broken up
several cells it said were plotting against its security.

The Islamist-dominated Egyptian senate is invested with legislative powers
until a new parliament is elected in two months, thanks to a controversial
new constitution that was approved in a popular vote in December.

Dubai police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan has repeatedly lashed out
at the Arab Spring uprisings. After Morsi’s election in June, Khalfan
implied on his Twitter feed that the Brotherhood might try to sow dissent in
the Gulf. – Agencies

+++SOURCE Naharnet (Lebanon) 4 Jan.’13:”Iran Welcomes New Nuclear
Negotiations”, Agence France Presse
SUBJECT: Iran welcomes return of nuclear talks

QUOTE:”Iran’s top nuclear negotiator welcomed the return of leading world
powers to talks . . .but urged them ‘not to repeat their past mistakes’ “

FULL TEXT:Iran's top nuclear negotiator on Friday[4 Jan.] welcomed the
return of leading world powers to talks over the country's disputed atomic
program, but urged them "not to repeat their past mistakes".

Talks stalled in June when Iran rejected a proposal to suspend part of its
nuclear program, asking for more substantial relief from sanctions.

Saeed Jalili, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council,
said Friday[4 Jan.] that Iran had invited world powers to resolve the
impasse six months ago, which had now been considered.

"There was a six-month delay but they recently announced they are ready to
come back for talks," he told journalists at the Iranian embassy during a
trip to New Delhi.

"We welcome their return to the talks. We hope that they will come to the
talks with a constructive approach and (that) they will not repeat their
past mistakes," he added, without elaborating.

The last round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 powers -- the
United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain -- yielded no
breakthrough in Moscow in June.

In late November the six powers engaging Iran over its nuclear program said
they were willing to hold a new round of negotiations with Tehran.

Western powers accuse Iran of seeking to acquire a weapons capability under
the guise of its nuclear energy program. Iran denies the charge, saying its
work is for peaceful purposes only.

SourceAgence France Presse

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Sue Lerner - Associate, IMRA

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