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Mursi Sends Official to U.A.E. After Report of Egyptian Arrests

An Egyptian presidential aide left for the United Arab Emirates, where he will deliver a letter from President Mohamed Mursi, after reports that a number of Egyptians have been detained there.

Essam el-Haddad, assistant to the president for foreign affairs and international cooperation, will give Mursi’s letter to U.A.E. President Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and meet officials in Dubai and Abu Dhabi during his two-day visit, according to a statement from the Egyptian presidency.

The visit comes as the Cairo-based Arabic Network for Human Rights Information denounced what it said on its website were the arrests of a number of Egyptians living in the U.A.E. They were detained “allegedly for running a banned organization in the Emirates” with links to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, the group said.

“What concerns us is that interrogations be fair and transparent and that there be proof that the law has been violated and they are not being punished for ideological affiliations,” the network’s head, Gamal Eid, said in a phone interview.

Officials at the Ministry of Interior in the U.A.E. weren’t immediately available to comment when contacted after working hours today. The U.A.E. Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson didn’t answer calls or an e-mail today. The Egyptian presidency’s statement made no mention of the arrests.

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