Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Friday that the Muslim Brotherhood movement has no potential role in the Egyptian political scene during his presidency, stressing that he believes that the Egyptian people will not accept the return of the Brotherhood.
Al-Sisi added in an interview with the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Shahed that the Brotherhood’s rhetoric is not applicable, and contradicts life. The president accused the movement of leading chaos in a number of Arab countries such as Yemen and Libya, saying that “the so-called the Arab Spring came due to a wrong situation and was tackled with a wrong method.”
In December 2013, the Egyptian government classified the Brotherhood as a terrorist group following a militant attack that targeted the Mansoura security directorate. Also, the government banned all the movement’s activities and froze all its assets, and the assets of its members, as the government accuses the movement of responsibility for the attacks which targeted security forces in the past five years, since the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi, who belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, was ousted in July 2013 after the movement of the armed forces, following mass protests against the rule of the first Islamic president, and first elected president, following the 25th of January uprising.
Al-Sisi previously said that the Egyptian people have the decision of reconciliation with the Brotherhood or not.
Regarding the situation in Syria, Al-Sisi said that the country started to overcome the crisis and needs efforts for reconstruction, but he expressed concerns regarding the number of fighters in Syria, saying that it has 36,000 terrorists from all over the world, wondering where they will go after the end of war. The president also reiterated his call for renewing the religious rhetoric.