Muslim Brotherhood Leader Says UAE Fears Arab Spring

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Muslim Brotherhood officials have responded to criticism by the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates, who accused of the party of not respecting state sovereignty. The leader of the Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party accused the UAE of fearing a revolution at home, reports Siham Borsoti.

Saber Aboul Fotouh, a leader of the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood — the Freedom and Justice Party — described the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdulla Bin Zayed al-Nahyan’s remarks against the Brotherhood as a direct and unconcealed attack.

Aboul Fotouh told El-Khabar: “Recently, we have been hearing ongoing verbal attacks against us from the UAE, which is exploiting the prevailing political circumstances in Arab countries to attack us irresponsibly. The UAE’s statements prove that they do not know the Brotherhood, its rule, its position regarding the Palestinian issue or its good deeds toward the sons of Arabism. These deeds did not come through its intelligence services, but instead through its historical presence with the people for over 80 years.”

The Brotherhood leader said he believed that the UAE attack against the Brotherhood stems from the fact that the UAE fears the Arab Spring will begin there and bring political change to the region. According to Aboul Fotouh, [the UAE] is experiencing corruption and [its leaders] do not want to change that.

He continued, “These statements show how scared they are of the arrival of democracy in their homeland.”

Aboul Fotouh made assurances that “these statements will not affect either the Brotherhood or the Arab Spring revolutions, because we are a part of the popular revolution and we believe in each country’s sovereignty and self-control in decision making without interference in its internal affairs.

“I call those who accuse us to read history well and understand reality,” he added.

The UAE foreign minister had previously called on Gulf countries to cooperate in order to confront the Muslim Brotherhood and prevent them from pulling down governments in the region.

He also accused the Brotherhood of being “unpatriotic,” stressing that the Brotherhood believed in neither the national state nor state sovereignty, and violated its dignity and laws.

In parallel, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a general amnesty for all of the prisoners of the January 25 revolution. This decision was praised by many politicians.

Commenting on Morsi’s decision, Aboul Fotouh said, “The decision proves that the president is loyal to his people and to the revolution, and that he is able to keep his promises. I am assured that the future is with him and his rule will bring greater democracy and a renaissance to the country.”

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