Emirati authorities have demanded an "explanation" from Egypt over Muslim Brotherhood support for criticism of the United Arab Emirates by an influential cleric.
The foreign affairs minister of state, Anwar Mohammad Gargash, "met Egypt's Foreign Minister (Mohammed Kamel Amr) and demanded an explanation on comments" by Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghazlan, an Emirati spokesman told AFP.
According to media reports, Ghazlan said the "entire Muslim world" would act against the UAE if cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who criticised the Emirates after it expelled Syrians who demonstrated against their regime, was arrested.
Dubai's police chief, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan, last week vowed to arrest Qaradawi, who often appears on Al Jazeera television and is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, if he renewed his criticism.
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