Egypt's Morsi calls for end to 'oppressive' Syrian regime

It's something of a surprise for Morsi to call for Assad's ouster -- given that the Egyptian president was attending  a meeting of the non-aligned nations in Iran who is a strong backer of Syria. And it is clear that he's hoping that a post-Assad Syria will see another Muslim Brotherhood triumph. But his statement has put a definite chill on his warming relations with Iran. Reuters: Egypt called on Thursday for intervention to halt bloodshed in Syria, telling a meeting of 120 nations it was their duty to stand against the "oppressive regime" of Bashar al-Assad, prompting a Syrian walkout. President Mohamed Mursi, elected two months ago after a popular uprising toppled Egypt's long-standing leader Hosni Mubarak, said Assad had lost legitimacy in his fight to crush a 17-month-old revolt in which 20,000 people have been killed. Mursi's scathing speech to a summit of non-aligned leaders, hosted by Assad's Shi'ite ally Iran, prompted Syria's foreign minister to accuse the...(Read Full Post)