Egypt Severs Ties with Syria, Shuts Embassy
Morsi calls for Lebanon to follow suit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 15, 2013 4:59 PM CDT
Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi.   ((AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency))

(Newser) – Egypt's president announced today that he was cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria, closing Damascus' embassy in Cairo, and withdrawing the Egyptian charge d'affaires from Damascus. The decisions were made amid growing calls from hard-line Sunni clerics in Egypt and elsewhere to launch a "holy war" against Syria's embattled regime. Mohammed Morsi also called on Lebanon's Hezbollah to leave Syria, where the Iranian-backed Shiite militant group has been fighting alongside troops loyal to embattled President Bashar Assad against the mostly Sunni rebels.

"Hezbollah must leave Syria. This is serious talk: There is no business or place for Hezbollah in Syria," Morsi told thousands of supporters at a rally in Cairo. Assad's regime, he said, will have no place in the future of Syria after committing what Morsi called "horrors" against its people. Morsi's address points to the increasing perception of the Syrian conflict as sectarian. As he entered the rally, the Egyptian president picked up a flag of the Syrian revolution and another of Egypt and waved them to the crowd.

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HANKHILL
Jun 16, 2013 12:39 PM CDT
yo man if you aint with the muslim brohood you aint no where!! mb are stone cold killers and savages for ever!
No-Left-Turn
Jun 16, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
The more they fight with each other, the less time they have to fight with us. Let's not pick sides.
Bartmaeus
Jun 16, 2013 7:15 AM CDT
Moslem Brotherhood, pawn of US and Israeli governments, recipient of US interference in Egyptian affairs joins the US (and its alLies) in condemning the injustices of the Syrian Government. How predicatble. And how did the trouble in Syria (or Egypt) begin again? Colour revolutions? Where do they get their funding and expertise? Soros' National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, and its string-pullers from other shady groups. First get the mob, the media is there to provide blanket coverage, the snipers are on the rooftops to provide the increased indignation, etc etc. Then the no-fly zone. The perpetual military presence. All part of a geopolitical struggle against the real power bloc in the East. And how blinkered are the glib liberals, who call for the death of Assad, as they did for Gadhaffi, as they did for Mubbarak. Strange how these liberal, anti-religion secularists would side with the misogynist Islamists against the secularist Moslem governments like Mubbarak, Gadhaffi, and Assad! What about the good old British, Imperialists to a fault? Playing the old interference games in foreign fields still? http://www.presstv.com/detail/2013/06/16/309276/uk-planned-war-on-syria-before-unrest/ Biggest terrorist nest in the world is London, and has been for centuries. Want to take over a tribe, nation, state, region? Send in the agents provocateur! Wanna start a war? The good old Brits know how its done.