Syria Accuses Egypt of Inciting Bloodshed as Delegation Walks Out amid Morsi Criticisms
[An Nahar] Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem accused Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi of using his speech at the Non-Aligned summit in Tehran on Thursday to incite further bloodshed in Syria.
Morsi's speech condemning the regime in Damascus
...Capital of the last remaining Baathist regime in the world...
, prompting a walkout by the Syrian delegation, amounted to "interference in Syria's internal affairs and ... incites continued bloodshed in Syria," Muallem said, quoted on state television.
... and if you can't believe state television who can you believe?
Syria's delegation to the summit in Tehran walked out when Morsi began an address in which he referred to the "oppressive" Syrian regime, official Egyptian media reported.
"The Syrian delegation withdrew as President Morsi began discussing the Syrian file," the official MENA news agency reported.
Morsi, Egypt's first Islamist president was in Tehran to hand over rotating leadership of the movement to Iran, Syria's closest regional ally.
He was the first Egyptian leader to set foot in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979.
"The revolution in Egypt is the cornerstone for the Arab Spring, which started days after Tunisa and then it was followed by Libya and Yemen and now the revolution in Syria against its oppressive regime," Morsi told the gathering of chiefs of nonaligned states that included Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and president Mahmoud
Short Round Ahmadinejad.
"The Paleostinian and Syrian people are actively seeking freedom, dignity and human justice," he said, adding that "Egypt is ready to work with all to stop the bloodshed."
Morsi's description of the conflict in Syria as a "revolution" against oppressive masters jars with the narrative given by Tehran and Damascus that the uprising is separate from the Arab Spring, and consists largely of foreign-backed "terrorists" acting on behalf of the United States and regional countries.
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have several times hailed the Arab Spring as an "Islamic Wakening" inspired by Iran's own 1979 Islamic revolution. Syria, they said, was a different case.
Cairo has several times voiced support for the Syrian insurgency, seeing it as a continuation of the uprisings that changed regimes in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Morsi, who comes from Egypt's Moslem Brüderbund, was elected to power because of the revolution in his country.
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