Saudi decision does not affect Brotherhood: group leader
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By MOHAMED ISMAIL and AHMED ARAFA and JACKQELINE MUNIR

CAIRO: The Saudi decision to put the Muslim Brotherhood on the blacklist on Friday has no impact on the organization, said Ibrahim Salah, a leader in the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe.

Saudi Arabia designated the Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and in Yemen, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL,) the Nusra Front and Hezbollah as terrorist organizations on Friday.

Salah told Youm7 in a phone call from Switzerland that there are no political parties belonging to the Brotherhood in the Kingdom, noting that the relation between the Brotherhood and Saudi Arabia was good during the rule of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, but that the situation is different at this time.

However, he said that it is up to the Kingdom what to decide.

The legal advisor of the Popular Front against “Brotherhoodization” of Egypt, Tariq Mahmoud, said other Gulf states could designate such groups as well as terrorist groups. This decision is a strong slap against the international brotherhood organization which gets its funds from the group’s members in the Gulf States, he told Youm7 on Friday.

Moataz Mahmoud, chairperson of the Conference Party, said that “the decision is a knockout against terrorism in the Middle East and it prevents fragmenting the Arab nations which is plotted by the U.S.”

He argued that Al-Qaeda is formed by the U.S. intelligence in Afghanistan to fragment Russia, but that later the group turned against them and conducted terrorist attacks inside the U.S. and Europe. According to Mahmoud, Washington changed its plans to create chaos in the Arab world through the “terrorism of Al-Qaeda and the Brotherhood.”

He called all Arab nations to name the Brotherhood as a terrorist group to scale down the group’s violence in the region.

Originally published in Youm7

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