The Muslim Brotherhood has admitted to meeting Iranian officials, a meeting unveiled by Intercept, which it said was held in Turkey in 2014.
The Brotherhood denied reports that the aim of the meeting was to work against Saudi Arabia or against any other country, stressing that the meeting was the first and last between the parties, since the military coup in Egypt in the summer of 2013.
Confession and denial
Ibrahim Mounir, deputy leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, said the meeting had already taken place in 2014, as it was "an opportunity to clarify our vision and views of Iranian officials in what is happening in the region, especially what is happening in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, because Iran certainly has an impact on those policies in these countries. ".
Mounir said in press statements that the Iranians "did not say that they are ready to support the Muslim Brotherhood in the face of the coup authority, and we naturally did not ask them any support for us."
Mounir denied that the aim of the meeting was to discuss the coalition against Saudi Arabia, saying, "This is not true, but it was natural that the meeting to talk about what is happening in the Arab region and the dispute with Saudi Arabia."
"We have said clearly, despite Saudi Arabia's support for the coup against the late President Mohamed Morsi, we reject any attack on it, because we certainly do not hope any country in the region to occur any problems that prevent its stability."
He also denied the presence of the former Commissioner for International Relations of the Muslim Brotherhood Yusuf Nada, noting that the Iranian delegation included representatives of the Iranian government and representatives of the Iranian Foreign Ministry in particular.
He stressed that this meeting was the only one since the coup of the third of July 2013 until now, and was not followed or preceded by any other meetings, neither in Turkey nor elsewhere.
The magazine said that Turkey refused to enter the Quds Force commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Qasem Soleimani, and attended by a delegate named "Abu Hussein", who met three of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, namely: Youssef Nada, Ibrahim Mounir, as well as Mahmoud Al-Iyari.
The magazine explained that it obtained this information through leaked documents from the Iranian intelligence, pointing out that the meeting was aimed at discussing the establishment of an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood as the largest organization of Sunni Muslims with Iran as a representative of Shiite Muslims, but this alliance faced difficulties.
In an interview with the American magazine, Youssef Nada denied knowledge of such a meeting.
The Brotherhood's delegation refused to accept any help from Iran to act against the Egyptian government. "The Brotherhood leaders may have realized that they would be maimed in Egypt if they asked for Iranian help to regain power in Cairo," the magazine said.
The Brotherhood said they were "committed to a peaceful, reformist approach to change in the Middle East" and that they had "trained themselves to be more patient than the Iranians," she said.
According to the American magazine, the two sides stressed "hatred of Saudi Arabia," and agreed to cooperate in Yemen by "mitigating the conflict between the Houthis and Sunni tribes to use their power against Saudi Arabia."
The Brotherhood said they wanted peace in Iraq and asked Iran to ease tensions between Sunnis and Shiites and give Sunnis a chance to participate in the Iraqi government.
Brotherhood representatives also declared that the issue of Syria "came out of their hands and from the hands of Iran, and that nothing specific can be done about it."
The magazine said that "representatives of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards insisted during the meeting that there is no disagreement with the Muslim Brotherhood, which was rejected by the Brotherhood delegation."
In May 2015, a similar crisis erupted after reports of a visit by a Muslim Brotherhood delegation to Iran, which included Ibrahim Mounir, along with the group's Secretary-General Mahmoud Hussein, in the period following the start of Saudi assertive storm operations against the Houthis in Yemen.
But the group's secretary general, Mahmoud Hussein, denied the reports, saying he had never visited Iran all his life.