Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane (pictured below) has hit
out at comments by a Dubai chief on Twitter that the country's Muslim Brotherhood government would
collapse within a year or more, it was reported.
Deputy Chairman of Dubai Police and
General Security Dhahi Khalfan made the comments on Twitter at the weekend
Benkirane dismissed Khalfan as “delusional and a daydreamer"
and said the future of the Rabat government “is in God's hands,” the Anadolu Agency
During a Justice and Development Party meeting in
the Moroccan capital this week, Benkirane said he had brought the matter to the attention of Morocco’s
King Mohammed VI.
"I raised the issue of Khalfan's comments to
His Majesty King Mohammed VI so he can follow up the issue with Emirati
"The UAE is a friendly country and His Majesty
the King has brotherly relations with Emirati princes… It is unacceptable that
this person, who was welcomed in Morocco, attacks us."
Last month, Khalfan attended a reception at the
Sofitel Rabat Jardin Des Roses Hotel, hosted by the UAE Ambassador to Morocco,
Al Asri Al Dhaheri, to mark the UAE's 43rd National Day.
It is not the first time the Dubai Police chief has
hit out at the Muslim Brotherhood.
"The Brotherhood as a ruling party in Egypt
has no right to interfere with other countries. They are no longer a political
party and should respect the independence of other countries," Khalfan
told Reuters in an interview in 2013.
He reiterated charges that Egypt's Muslim
Brotherhood was linked to an alleged plot to topple the UAE government, saying
the group's ultimate goal was Islamist rule in all Gulf states.
Khalfan, who has often railed against the
Brotherhood on his Twitter account, is one of only a few UAE officials to speak
publicly about politics.
While he says his tweets are personal views,
diplomats say they reflect concerns among the UAE ruling elite about the
regional popularity of Islamists and the possibility that the West will engage
Khalfan complained that the West "sympathises,
adopts and supports" the Brotherhood, saying he did not understand why.
Subscribe to Arabian Business' newsletter to receive the latest breaking news and business stories in Dubai,the UAE and the GCC straight to your inbox.