Muslim Brotherhood denies Request for Links with U.S.
|Tuesday, November 1,2005 00:00|
SYRIA: MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD DENIES REQUEST FOR LINKS WITH U.S.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s statement followed a declaration by opposition writer Nabil Fayyad, published on the United Arab Emirates TV network al-Arabiya’s website. Fayyad stated that Ali Sadr al-Din al-Bayanuni, general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, had in May asked Syrian opposition figure Farid al-Ghadiri - who enjoys Washington’s support - "to open a channel of communication with the US administration".
Al-Ghadiri however laid down the condition that the Muslim Brotherhood sign a document stating that it supports the creation of a secular state, which al-Bayanuni confirmed his readiness to do, according to Fayyad.
The Muslim Brotherhood recently announced it full support for the Syrian opposition’s pledge to bring about national democratic change. In 2004-2005, the group launched the ’Syria of the future’ campaign to achieve national consensus for a democratic alternative in the country.
The Syrian authorities arrested Fayyad in 2004, after he took part in Syria’s Forum for Liberal Dialogue. He was released without charge a month later, and subsequently published a declaration praising "the good treatment" he had received from the Syrian authorities.