Dubai police chief says Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in the Gulf
Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbour Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Dhahi Khalfan’s suspicions focus mostly on the Egyptian branch of the Sunni Islamist organisation, propelled to power in the most populous Arab country in elections since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011.
“The Brotherhood as a ruling party in Egypt has no right to interfere with other countries. They are no longer a political party and should respect the independence of other countries,” Khalfan told Reuters in an interview this week.
He reiterated charges that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood was linked to an alleged plot to topple the UAE government, saying the group’s ultimate goal was Islamist rule in all Gulf states.
Khalfan, who has often railed against the Brotherhood on his Twitter account, is one of only a few UAE officials to speak publicly about politics.
While he says his tweets are personal views, diplomats say they reflect concerns among the UAE ruling elite about the regional popularity of Islamists and the possibility that the West will engage with them.
Khalfan complained that the West “sympathises, adopts and supports” the Brotherhood, saying he did not understand why.