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Saudi Arabia and the Emirates have not broken ties with the Muslim Brotherhood


Prince Mohammed Ben Zayed (Crown Prince of the Emirates) and Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane (Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia) received the leaders of the Yemini Party, al-Islah [1].

The following were present at the meeting:
- On the Emirates side: Prince Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan (National Security Adviser), Ali bin Hammad Al Shamsi (Joint Secretary General of the National Security Council) and Prince Shakhbout bin Nahyan Al Nahyan (Ambassador for the Emirates at Riyadh); and
- On the Saudi side: Dr. Musa’ed bin Mohammed Al Aiban (Minister for the State) and Khalid Al Humaidan (Head of Intelligence).

The Party Leader, Colonel Mohammad Al-Yidumi, was very pleased with the warm reception that the two princes put on for him.

Today, al-Islah is officially the political party of the Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen.

After the Muslim Brotherhood had planned a coup d’État in Abu Dhabi, the Emirates placed the Muslim Brotherhood on its list of terrorist organizations. Following Donald Trump’s speech in Riyadh last May, Saudi Arabia, which had funded the Brotherhood following the creation of the Global Islamic League, took the same action.

The Saudi Crown Prince had already met the leaders of al-Islah. But this is the first time that the Emirates Crown Prince enters into this double game.

Anoosha Boralessa

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