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Egypt's president criticises "oppressive" Syrian regime

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 01:07

Aug. 30 - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi tells the Non-Aligned Movement summit that it has ethical duty to support the Syrian people against the ''oppressive regime'' in Damascus. Simon Hanna reports.

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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi arrives in Tehran - the first Egyptian leader to visit since Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979. Mursi, who gained office after Egypt's own revolution in 2011, was quick to support another regional struggle - the Syrian uprising. Speaking at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in the Iranian capital, he declared his support for Syrian's fighting to overthrow president al-Assad. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) EGYPTIAN PRESIDEN MOHAMED MURSI: "Our solidarity with the struggle of the Syrian people against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty as well as a political and strategic necessity." His comments reportedly sparked a walkout by the Syrian delegation. The NAM summit's final delaration is set to express deep concern over the violence in Syria and support UN-Arab League efforts broker a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

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Egypt's president criticises "oppressive" Syrian regime

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 01:07