UAE backs Saudis with Muslim Brotherhood blacklist

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind neighboring Saudi Arabia's decision to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, deepening Gulf Arab pressure on the group.

The Western-allied Gulf federation's foreign ministry says it will cooperate with Saudi Arabia to tackle "those terrorist groups through liquidating all forms of material and moral support."

Saudi Arabia also designated al-Qaida-linked groups and an al-Qaida breakaway as terrorist.

Egypt was the first Arab country to label the Brotherhood terrorist. The move comes amid a crackdown on the group following its July ouster of the country's first elected president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi.

The Brotherhood has protested Morsi's removal but denies using violence.

The UAE foreign ministry's comments were carried in a statement carried by official news agency WAM late Saturday.

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