Muslim Brotherhood thanks Turkey for helping persecuted members

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the people of Turkey for the help extended to Brotherhood member Egyptian refugees, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Members of the outlawed group in Egypt found trust, peace and security in Turkey as the country opened its doors to all those who asked for help, Anadolu cited Ibrahim Mounir, the deputy general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, as saying.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has sought to provide a safe haven for persecuted members of the movement, following the July 2013 ousting of Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi as president of Egypt and the subsequent designation of the group as a terrorist organisation in the North African country. 

Turkey has many as 20,000 members of the group, according to a recent report by U.S. think tank the Century Foundation, including dozens of the movement’s most powerful and influential figures. A number of Muslim Brotherhood linked media outlets operate out of Istanbul

The statement follows a meeting between Muslim Brotherhood and relevant institutions on April 21 in Ankara to convey demands of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked refugees, Anadolu said.

The Brotherhood also expressed its commitment to not damaging the stability and security of Turkey, vowing to respect its laws and traditions, the agency said.

Last month, Saudi news outlet Al Arabiya reported that Turkey had ordered Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated television channels based in Istanbul to halt criticism of Egypt as the two countries move closer to a rapprochement.