Norway isn’t the only country demanding an explanation as to why one of the country’s leading muslim organizations landed on a list compiled by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) of “designated” terrorist organizations. Groups in Finland, Sweden and Denmark have also been designated, and the Nordic countries are now seeking a joint explanation from the UAE.
“I can confirm that there is agreement for the Nordic countries to try to have a common dialogue locally in the Emirates about these lists,” Veslemøy Salvesen of Norway’s foreign ministry told news bureau NTB. Salvesen said the countries would again contact the UAE’s foreign ministry and make their opinions clear.
Norway objected immediately after Norway’s Islamske Forbund landed on the list just ahead of Al Qaeda. The muslim organization has also protested itself, but so far there’s been no response from the UAE.
Finland’s foreign ministry stated on its website that the Nordic countries would cooperate at a diplomatic level to arrange a meeting with their UAE counterparts. They will demand a detailed explanation for the terrorist designation and offer a detailed response as to why it is undeserved.