Qatar may deport MB members: NASL official
Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy during press conference - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Brotherhood Without Violence Movement announced Friday evening that Muslim Brotherhood-allied Qatar has refused to hold any future MB gatherings in a move to fulfill its Riyadh Supplementary Agreement obligations announced Nov. 16.

The agreement between Gulf states signaled a return of other Gulf monarchy ambassadors to Qatar following a row over Doha’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, which Saudi Arabia and Egypt said amounted to interference in another Arab country’s affairs. The ambassadors were originally withdrawn in March, and the Muslim Brotherhood has been designated by Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as a terrorist group.

“In the first Qatari step to apply the conditions of Gulf reconciliation, the Qatari security authorities refused to hold any meetings of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood inside Qatar. The authorities called on the MB leaders who live in Qatar to refuse holding any meetings, enact rules for holding meetings of the International Union of Muslim Scholars in Qatar and to put restrictions on members in Qatar,” the movement said in a statement published on its Facebook page.

The Foreign Ministry of Qatar was unavailable to comment on the reports.

It has not been announced if Qatar will deport MB members and pro-MB National Alliance to Support Legitimacy supporters who live in Qatar after the Gulf states meetings, Abdel Hamid Barakat, a NASL member and chief deputy of the Istiqlal Party, told The Cairo Post Saturday.

Barakat added that Qatar could deport other MB members like when it deported seven MB members in September. Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty declined to comment on such reports.

“Deporting the MB and NASL members from Doha is a Qatari affair and Qatar should be thanked for hosting people who fled injustice,” Imam Youssef, a NASL member and an official in the Salafi Asala Party, told The Cairo Post Saturday.

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