The Saudi authorities have given the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt a new lease on life in the country, in a move that could embolden them to continue their anti-Western and anti-Arabist agenda.
Egyptian officials said Friday that the ruling Islamist group has been given the green light to return to the country in a bid to help the kingdom gain greater political and economic independence from Saudi Arabia.
The announcement was made by Egypt’s foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, during a visit to Riyadh.
“We will continue to provide support to the Muslim Brothers in the face of threats, threats against their lives and property,” Shoukary said, adding that the group would also “exercise the right to return” to Egypt once it had complied with a number of conditions set by the Saudi rulers.
Shoukary did not specify the number of such conditions, but the Egyptian government has repeatedly warned that it does not intend to allow the Brotherhood to return.
Egypt’s decision to give the Brotherhood a new life in Egypt comes as the Egyptian regime has been facing growing opposition from opposition forces and international powers over the brutal crackdown against the Muslim group.
The crackdown, which has resulted in more than 200 deaths, has also resulted in the imprisonment and torture of thousands of suspected Islamists.