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Egyptian president condemns Syrian leadership


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President Mohamed Mursi condemned the leadership of Syria yesterday at the Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran causing the Syrian delegation to leave the room.

In a speech which appeared to upset Syria, his Iranian hosts and the West in equal measure over a range of issues the Egyptian president made it clear that the will of the Syrian people was paramount in his thoughts.

“Ladies and Gentlemen: The solidarity with the struggle of the people of Syria against a repressive regime which has lost its legitimacy is a moral duty” the president said. He went on to comment that “We all have to announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom”

Later the president said “Hence the importance of unifying the ranks of the opposition so as to ensure the interests of all spectrums of Syrian society without distinction or discrimination whilst preserving the unity and territorial integrity of this country.”

“Egypt is ready to cooperate with all parties in order to stop the bloodshed and . . . we have to realize that this blood cannot stand or stop without active intervention by all of us to stop this bleeding.” The president said.

The Iranian media and official news website of the NAM ignored these comments and concentrated on the president’s supportive statements of the Palestinian people. The Syrian Radio and TV website issued a short statement as follows:

“Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Expatriates Minister, Walid al-Moallem, on Thursday stressed that the Syrian delegation went out from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit currently held in Tehran while the former president of the summit, Mohammad Mursi, was delivering his speech.

Al-Moallem said the Syrian delegation’s withdrawal from the meeting came in protest of the content of Mursi’s speech which constituted a breach of the conventions of the summit’s presidency and an interference in Syria’s internal affairs and in rejection of the instigation for continuing the shedding of the Syrian blood included in the speech.

The Minister added that the Syrian delegation to the NAM summit reentered to follow up the summit’s activities after the end of Mursi’s speech.”

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