The Muslim Brotherhood, the main Islamist force that emerged after the Arab Spring, is plotting to take over Gulf states, Dubai police chief, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan, said in an interview with Al Qabas, a Kuwaiti daily.
"My sources say that the next step is to make the Gulf ruling families powerless. This will begin with Kuwait in 2013 and end in 2016 with other countries," he said, ensuring that this information came partly from Western intelligence services. Note that the Islamists won the parliamentary elections held February 2nd in Kuwait, capturing 23 of 50 parliamentary seats.
Dahi Khalfan said he had warned the six Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait) against the Muslim Brotherhood.
The rising role of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political life of the post-revolutionary Egypt has been a concern for neighboring Arab Gulf states who fear the expansion of political Islam into their own territories.
Earlier this month, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood spokesman, Mahmoud Ghozlan, threatened action against the United Arab Emirates if the Gulf country attempts to capture and prosecute prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Dubai police Chief Dahi Khalfan had threatened to arrest Shiekh Qaradawi as he criticized the UAE for reportedly revoking the visas of Syrians who demonstrated against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad outside of the Syrian consulate in Dubai.
Dahi Khalfan wrote on his Twitter account that he will issue an arrest warrant against Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
On his part, GCC Secretary General Abdul Latif Zayani condemned Ghozlan’s statements, saying they were “irresponsible and lack wisdom.”
In response to the Muslim Brotherhood’s retaliated threat of action against the UAE, the Arab League chief said comments made by a Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson were “hostile".
At the same time, Alarabiya news reported that the UAE Foreign Minister urged the Egyptian government to express its position regarding Ghozlan’s statement.
Egyptian state-run news agency MENA quoted Egyptian diplomatic sources as saying that there is no problem between Egypt and the UAE, and that the Brotherhood spokesman’s comments reflect the opinion of his group and not the Egyptian government, Alarabiya news reported.