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Mar 02, 2021
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Fmr. Saudi Ambassador To Egypt Ahmad Kattan: Morsi Lost The 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections, Declared Winner Under U.S. Pressure; His Presidency In Egypt Revealed The Muslim Brotherhood's True Face

#8729 | 02:37
Source: Rotana Khalijiya TV (Saudi Arabia)

Former Saudi ambassador to Egypt Ahmad Kattan claimed that it was Ahmad Shafik, who was the real winner of the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections, but the results were altered to tap Mohamed Morsi under U.S. Pressure. Kattan's made his remarks in an interview with Rotana Khalijiya TV (Saudi Arabia) that aired on March 2, 2021. He said that he is thankful that the Muslim Brotherhood took control over Egypt, because this revealed its real face. Kattan added that he had told U.S. Secretary of State Clinton, at the time, that the Egyptian Army would not allow the Muslim Brotherhood to rule Egypt. For more about Ahmad Kattan, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 6205 and 2893.

Ahmad Kattan: "The report that I sent to [Saudi FM] Prince Saud Al-Faysal [in 2012] – Only afterwards, of course, we knew that Ahmad Shafik is the candidate who won [the 2012 Egyptian presidential elections]. But because of the intervention of the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt... It's a long story..."

Interviewer: "Wait a minute... Ahmad Shafik won the elections?"

Kattan: "Yes."


Interviewer: "So, how come was it announced that Mohammad Morsi had won?"

Kattan: "This is what I'm saying. The whole story happened because of interventions... The report I sent, in short..."

Interviewer: "Wait a minute, I want to understand..."

Kattan: "Let me tell you about the report and this will answer your question. I wrote in my report that thank God, Morsi is the one who won the elections, because otherwise, Egypt would have gone up in flames. Why? Because the Muslim Brotherhood took control of the Egyptian street and rode the wave [of the 2011 revolution]. They took control over everything. So, I thanked God that Morsi is the one who had won, I also [estimated] that the true face [of the MB] would be revealed during their first year [in government]. I predicted that [the Muslim Brotherhood] would never rule Egypt. Let me give you proof of that. There was a meeting in Riyadh with [FM] Prince Saud Al-Faysal.


"Also present was Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After a long speech, Prince Saud surprised me and asked me to talk. I introduced myself to [Sec. Clinton] as the Saudi Ambassador to Cairo and said that the Prince asked me to tell her about my predictions regarding Egypt under Muslim Brotherhood rule. I told her that the Egyptian armed forces would never allow the MB to rule Egypt. I wish she had wrote that in her memoir. I talked for about a minute or two, and that's it. And this actually happened.


"What made me happy is that the [MB's] true face was exposed during their rule."

Interviewer: "They got exposed."

Kattan: "Exactly. But, to make a long story short, General Ahmad Shafik won the elections."

Interviewer: "He is the one who won."

Kattan: "Yes. I received an official update about that."

Interviewer: "How did it change? Who turned it around?"

Kattan: "I do not know"

Interviewer: You mentioned the U.S. Ambassador."

Kattan: "I don't know... Yes, the U.S. Ambassador played a role and she pressured... The U.S. had a certain plan [for Egypt] at the time."

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