World Bulletin / News Desk
A member of Jordan's House of Representatives (one of two houses of parliament) said Wednesday that some Gulf countries had tried to convince Amman to participate in the diplomatic isolation of Qatar by recalling its ambassador from Doha.
Quoting diplomats from the Foreign Ministry, the lawmaker added that the Gulf countries – which he did not name – had also tried to convince Amman to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a "terrorist" movement.
"Jordan did not bow to these demands because the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) itself has not adopted a unified position on the need to isolate Qatar over its foreign policies," the lawmaker said on condition of anonymity.
Three Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain – recalled their ambassadors from Qatar a few days ago in protest against Doha's alleged interference in their affairs and its alleged violation of a GCC security agreement.
A short time later, Saudi labeled the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi hails, as a "terrorist" group, along with eight other movements including Lebanon's Hezbollah.
The Brotherhood in December was branded a "terrorist" organization by the Egyptian government.
The Jordanian lawmaker said that if GCC member states agreed on the need to isolate Qatar, Jordan would not be obliged to follow suit since it was not a GCC member.
"As for the Muslim Brotherhood, Jordan will not implement the Gulf demand for banning it as long as the movement is committed to peacefulness and refrains from incitement," he added.
The legislator quoted Jordan's King Abdullah as describing Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood in a previous TV interview as "part" of the Jordanian regime in its capacity as a political party and representative of a segment of Jordanian society.
Early last week, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Ati said his country hoped that signatories to the Arab Agreement to Fight Terrorism would follow Saudi Arabia's example by declaring the Brotherhood a "terrorist" movement.
Jordan is a signatory to the agreement, which came into effect in 1999.Last Mod: 12 Mart 2014, 17:18