(DAMASCUS, Syria) — Egypt’s new hardline stance against the Syrian government is not sitting well with Damascus.
Over the weekend, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said that his government would end ties with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime along with closing down the embassy in Damascus.
Morsi also went as far as calling for a no-fly zone over Syria to aid opposition forces who are mostly Sunni Arabs, as are most Egyptians.
In response, Damascus issued a statement Sunday that alleged Morsi is now in cahoots with the U.S. and Israel, saying Egypt’s new position is “irresponsible.”
Al-Assad’s Alawite sect is a Shiite offshoot and the ruling minority in Syria.
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Mohammed Tawfeeq and Gul Tuysuz, CNN
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