(DAMASCUS, Syria) — The Syrian government is not at all pleased with comments made this week by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was critical of the government’s 18-month crackdown on pro-democracy forces.
During a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo, Morsi said that the only way to end the violent conflict that has cost tens of thousands of lives is for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
On Thursday, Syria’s Foreign Ministry called Morsi’s statement “blatant interference in Syrian internal affairs and an explicit attack on the Syrian people’s right to choose their own future without any foreign interference”.
According to Syria, it is Egypt and Morsi that are “part of the current bloodshed in Syria.”
As a further sign of its displeasure with Cairo, Syria’s Foreign Ministry added Egypt to the list of nations it claims have stirred up unrest inside Syria. The list also includes Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
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