Saudis ban Kuwaiti group over Brotherhood links

Social Reform Society is suspected of financing Muslim Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Saudi Arabia

Cairo: Saudi authorities have banned dealings with a Kuwaiti charity group over suspected links with the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Saudi newspaper Okaz reported on Saturday.


The Ministry of Labour and Social Development has issued a circular banning charity associations and non-governmental institutions in Saudi Arabia from dealing with the Social Reform Society in Kuwait for its ties to the Brotherhood, the paper added.

The circular also bans Saudi institutions from dealing with any other group that have direct or indirect links with organisations designated as terrorist in Saudi Arabia.

The move comes in response to available information that the Kuwaiti group maintains a “suspicious relationship with terrorist” Brotherhood, Okaz reported.

Social Reform Society is seen as a main financier of the Brotherhood, which is outlawed in Saudi Arabia, Okaz quoted unnamed Kuwaiti sources as saying.

The Kuwaiti group has a long history in raising funds, manipulating high-sounding slogans, an approach that has allowed it to collect large donations channelled into bankrolling the local and international offshoots of the Brotherhood, they added.

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