Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa has called the Muslim Brotherhood movement a “terrorist” group, amid an ongoing Gulf diplomatic crisis, where four countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.
Last month Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Qatar – accusing it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and harbouring “terrorism” in the region. Qatar has strongly denied the charges.
The foreign ministers of the four states convened in cairo on Wednesday after receiving Doha’s response to the list of demands earlier this week.
Speaking at the press conference following the meeting, Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa said that the Muslim Brotherhood movement “shed the blood” of Egyptian people and had “conspired against our states”.
“We consider the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group and anyone who shows sympathy with them will be tried on this basis,” Al Khalifa said.
A Muslim Brotherhood newspaper based in Bahrain rejected the minister’s statement on the group.
The weekly al-Nabaa paper said: “Nations are only concerned with inciting segments of society, and describing them in an unacceptable way.
“Allowing them to attack, provoke, and undermine society under these circumstances is very strange, and serves only the enemies of the country who do not have its best interest at heart. The attacks refer to patriotic segments of the Bahraini society.
“How can such disrespect and slander be allowed to continue under delicate and sensitive circumstances engulfing the region,” it added, without explicitly referencing the Gulf crisis.
The paper went on to emphasize its support for the Bahraini ruling family, and asserted its willingness to back it up in the face of a popular uprising.