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Cairo: A senior Saudi official has warned against “deception” practiced by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, accusing them of propagating falsehoods.

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Abdullatif Al Sheikh said that such “dangerous” partisan movements will not give in. “Beware of their ruses, deception and false discourse,” he said on Twitter.

“They and their remnants propagate false testimonies, hoping to be believed and accepted. So, exercise caution and vigilance,” he added.

Last November, Saudi Arabia’s top Islamic institution, the Senior Scholars Councils, condemned the Brotherhood and designated it as a terrorist group.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist group that does not represent the Islamic course, but follows its partisan goals that contradicts the guidance of our lofty religion,” the council said in a statement.

“Since its establishment [in 1928], it has not shown any care for the Islamic creed or disciplines of the Holy Quran and the Prophet’s Sunna. Rather, its ultimate aim is to reach power. Therefore, the group’s history is full of evils and seditions. It has also given birth to radical and terrorist groups that have wrought havoc of violence and terrorism,” the council added in a statement.

In 2014, Saudi Arabia outlawed the Brotherhood, listing it as a terror organisation.

In late 2013, the group was banned in Egypt, its birthplace, after a spate of violent attacks unleashed in the country following the Islamist group’s removal from power after massive street protests against its divisive rule.