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US Muslim groups in gov't talks to overturn UAE's terror list ruling

Council on American-Islamic Relations and Muslim American Society seek 'positive solution' by working with US gov't

US Muslim groups in gov't talks to overturn UAE's terror list ruling
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The largest US-based Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation has met with US government officials in a bid to overturn a ruling by the UAE to add it to a list of terrorist groups.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a statement that its representatives met with US government officials about the recent move to add CAIR and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to the blacklist.

In a joint statement, CAIR and MAS said: "The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) met with senior US government officials regarding the UAE's recent inclusion of the two legally-operating organisations on a list of groups it considers to be terrorist entities.

"The two American Muslim organisations and the US government pledged to work together to achieve a positive solution to the UAE designations.

"A State Department spokesman rejected the designations two days after the list was issued and affirmed that department officials meet regularly with representatives of CAIR and MAS."

CAIR last month launched a protest after being classed as a terrorist organisation on a new list issued by the UAE.

The list also includes high profile names such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the Nusra Front and ISIL.

In response to criticism, a senior UAE official said groups placed on the list can appeal against the designation if their "approach has changed".

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said on his Twitter account the law included clauses giving "organisations the availability to appeal through evidence and via the courts to have their names eliminated from the list".

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation. It said in the statement that its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.