Meeting with UK probe chief 'not secret,' says Jordan Brotherhood

Jordan's Brotherhood released a statement on Wednesday saying Jenkins had met with local group leader Zaki Bin Irsheid and Hamza Mansour, head of the group's political wing in Jordan.

Meeting with UK probe chief 'not secret,' says Jordan Brotherhood

World Bulletin / News Desk

Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood on Friday denied reports that a recent meeting with a U.K. official tasked by London to investigate the international group's activities in Britain was conducted in secret.

"Some media outlets tried to create an atmosphere of suspicion around our meeting with [Sir John Jenkins], which was on the public record," Mohamed Akl, secretary-general of Jordan's Brotherhood, told Anadolu Agency.

Jenkins, who also serves as U.K. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, was tasked by British Prime Minister David Cameron in April with conducting an official probe into the 86-year-old Muslim Brotherhood's activities in Britain.

The diplomat arrived in Jordan earlier this week as part of a tour of countries in which the Brotherhood has a significant presence, according to Akl.

"[Jenkin's] visit aims at forming a realistic view of the Brotherhood and its stance on ongoing developments in the region," Akl said.

Jordan's Brotherhood released a statement on Wednesday saying Jenkins had met with local group leader Zaki Bin Irsheid and Hamza Mansour, head of the group's political wing in Jordan.

The meeting tackled "the pressures imposed on London to isolate the Brotherhood and designate it a 'terrorist' group," Akl said.

In recent months, Saudi Arabia and Egypt have both designated the Brotherhood a "terrorist organization."

Recent reports suggest that many Brotherhood members have fled to the U.K. to escape a harsh crackdown on the group in Egypt and in much of the Gulf since last summer's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president and a Brotherhood leader – by the army.

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