Last Updated: Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:10 am (KSA) 07:10 am (GMT)

Jordan’s Brotherhood official says group is against foreign intervention in Syria

Abdul Latif Arabiyat, head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Consultative Council,  described the Arab Spring as a divine blessing and said that the Islamic group is against foreign intervention in Syria. (Al Arabiya)
Abdul Latif Arabiyat, head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Consultative Council, described the Arab Spring as a divine blessing and said that the Islamic group is against foreign intervention in Syria. (Al Arabiya)

Abdul Latif Arabiyat, head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood Consultative Council, said the Islamic group does not approve of foreign intervention in Syria, yet supports the Syrian people’s right to freedom and democracy.

“The Arab League is the entity that is supposed to interfere to resolve the Syrian crisis, yet it is not doing so as it should,” Arabiyat told Al Arabiya’s Point of Order program on an episode what will air on Friday.

In response to a question about calls by Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood leader Hammam Saeid for boycotting all Chinese and Russian products following the veto both countries used to stop a Security Council resolution against the Syrian regime, Arabiyat said that any country that hinders the Syrian people’s attempts to achieve justice and acquire freedom becomes an enemy of those people.

“However, the main problem is not China or Russia or Iran. We support the Syrian people rather than boycott certain governments or people.”

The Brotherhood in Jordan, Arabiyat added, has not begun talks with the American and British governments, which the group boycotted following the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“Some youths from the Brotherhood have held meetings with Americans in seminars held in scientific research centers, but there have been no meetings on the official level yet.”

Arabiyat issued earlier statements to the effect that the Brotherhood in Jordan is considering the resumption of relations with the U.S. and Britain.

Arabiyat objected to reports about the Arab Spring revolutions being orchestrated by the United States and stressed that those uprisings are a divine blessing.

“God wanted to save the Arab nation that had for decades been suffering from all sorts of tyranny and oppression.”

The Muslim Brotherhood, he pointed out, had been the most oppressed group, and its members were constantly imprisoned and killed.

“Muslim Brotherhood members were persecuted in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Tunisia.”

Arabiyat denied that Muslim Brothers hijacked the revolutions that took place in the Arab world and stressed that these allegations come from remnants of former totalitarian regimes.

“Liberals and leftists ruled Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and Syria. They were the ones who tortured their people and they were the source of all problems.”

According to Arabiyat, revolutions that preceded the Arab Spring were supported by the West but did not serve the interests of the people in the countries in which they erupted.

“This was made clear when the Arab Spring happened and proved that the previous revolutions only brought oppressive regimes … then came the current revolutions to topple these regimes.”

Arabiyat added that the Muslim Brotherhood fully supports participation in politics, that boycotting is the exception, and that the group took part in several elections.

“We took part in elections in 1993, 2001, 2003, and 2007, but we boycotted the 2010 elections because they were not free and fair as we were promised they would be.”


(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)

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