SAUDI PRINCES in a meeting at the Royal Palace in Jeddah.
(photo credit: Reuters)
RIYADH - Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has fired
a renowned Kuwaiti preacher and motivational speaker from the top job at the
religious television channel he owns for what he described as "extremist
inclinations" and links to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Saudi Arabia has come
out strongly in support of an army crackdown on the Brotherhood in Egypt
following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last month.
The Brotherhood's rise had unsettled Gulf Arab states which feared it would
embolden Islamists at home.
The prince said Tareq al-Suwaidan, who has
more than 1.9 million Twitter followers and is known across the Arab world for
his lectures on self-improvement from an Islamic perspective, had identified
himself as "one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood" during a lecture in
"There is no place for those who carry any deviant thoughts at Al
Resalah Channel," Alwaleed wrote in a letter to Suwaidan, according to a news
release from the prince's office.
Prince Alwaleed said in the letter that
he had repeatedly warned Suwaidan against political affiliation.
responded on Twitter, "Only the weak worry about earning a living, and no one
abandons his principles but he who cares about earthly matters."
Alwaleed's uncle, King Abdullah, on Friday called on Arabs to stand
against "attempts to destabilize" Egypt, in a message of support for the