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Vol 47 No 16

Published 4th August 2006

Flirting with the enemy

Britain's Foreign Office is divided over relations with Islamists in Africa and the Middle East

Secret documents from Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) reveal an established policy of engaging with Islamists and suggest that regimes in Africa should not expect much help if they are threatened by an Islamist takeover. We hear, however, that those officials arguing for 'active engagement' with 'moderate Islamists' face growing opposition from some colleagues.

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