CAIRO: The Foreign Ministry assistant for Arab affairs, Ambassador Abdel Rahman Salah urged Arab countries Wednesday not to host any Muslim Brotherhood members, “as a sign of their support to Egypt in its war against terrorism,” Youm7 reported
During a meeting with Arab ambassadors to Egypt Wednesday, Salah demanded an increase of information exchange between countries “to confront all kind of forms of terrorism.”
According to Youm7, Salah mentioned the latest terrorist attacks against Egypt, along with military operations in the Sinai, and said the ministry will always inform them with the latest information regarding the security situation.
Shortly after the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins in August 2013, a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders were arrested and accused of using violence against civilians. In December 2013, the group was officially listed as a terrorist group by an Egyptian court.
Many MB members have headed to Qatar and Turkey as Egypt has cracked down on the group, and has led to a chill of relations with both nations. Qatari network Al Jazeera has also been seen as a mouthpiece for the brotherhood.
On Nov. 16 2014, Saudi newspapers reported that the Saudi Royal House had reached an agreement with the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in a meeting in the Saudi capital Riyadh to end “pending conflicts for the well-being of the entire Arab and Muslim community,” meaning that Muslim Brotherhood members would be asked to leave.
Following the agreement, Qatar requested Muslim Brotherhood leaders leave its country.
“A new phase of cooperation between sister nations,” stated King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away earlier this month, after praising the regional importance of Egypt, to which the Egyptian presidency responded by saying “it is fully committed to this sincere call, which constitutes a major step forward in the march towards Arab solidarity.” It went on to call for a “serious and constructive approach to overcome divisions during this critical time.”
Shortly following the death of King Abdullah, however, the Brotherhood without Violence Movement announced that Qatar had allowed a number of Muslim Brotherhood members to return to the country, including Mahmoud Hussein, Essam Tlema , Amr Draag and Wagdy Ghoneem.