World Bulletin / News Desk
The Muslim Brotherhood has expressed its "surprise" over a decision by Saudi Arabia to add it to the Gulf kingdom's list of "terrorist" groups.
In a statement, the Brotherhood said the decision "entirely contradicts the kingdom's history of friendly ties with the group since the era of national founder King Abdul-Aziz Al Saud until now."
The Brotherhood asserted that it adheres to moderate Islamic teachings without "extremism or radicalism," citing previous remarks by Saudi clerics and officials praising the decades-old Islamist group.
The Brotherhood also said it embraced dialogue with all ideological, social, political and religious currents.
On Friday, Riyadh officially designated the Brotherhood, along with eight other groups, "terrorist" organizations.
Along with the Brotherhood, Saudi's terrorism blacklist now includes the Al-Qaeda network, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al-Qaeda in Yemen, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the Al-Nusra Front, "Hezbollah in the kingdom," and the Houthis in Yemen.
Last summer, Saudi, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates had been the first Arab countries to welcome the ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president and a Brotherhood leader – by the Egyptian military.
No Muslim Brotherhood in Saudi Arabia
A leading member of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has asserted that the decades-old Islamist movement does not have a presence in Saudi Arabia, which on Friday added the group to its "terror" list.
"The Muslim Brotherhood has no presence in Saudi Arabia," Reda Fahmi, a member of the Brotherhood's Shura Council (the organization's highest body), told Anadolu Agency from abroad.
"But there are many [in Saudi] who support the group's moderate ideas, along with others in several Arab nations," he said.
Fahmi said Riyadh was now following in the footsteps of the UAE in its decision to prosecute figures suspected of belonging to the Brotherhood.
He went on to accuse Riyadh of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs by financially supporting the army-backed interim government in Cairo since Morsi's ouster last summer.Last Mod: 08 Mart 2014, 11:31