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Egypt's Morsi calls for Muslim alliance to solve Syria crisis at OIC Summit

At two-day summit of Islamic nations, President Mohamed Morsi demands on Tuesday collaboration between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran over Syria, reaffirms dedication to Palestinian cause

Ahram Online , Wednesday 15 Aug 2012
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In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi attends the opening of an extraordinary session of the Organization of Islamic Conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia (Photo: AP)
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President Mohamed Morsi emphasised the importance of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran working together to solve the Syrian crisis during a speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) two-day summit in Mecca, Tuesday night.

"It is time for the Syrian regime to leave," said Morsi during what is considered to be his debut appearance at a key international event since assuming the presidency and the first time in Egyptian history that a head of state has called for the end of President Bashar Al-Assad's regime. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who were de facto rulers of Egypt following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year, refrained from making a public statement on the issue during their 18 months in power.

Quoting Quranic verses and sayings from the Prophet Mohamed prohibiting fighting amongst Muslims, Morsi went on to criticise those who allowed the situation to continue "while blood is spilled during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan." Iran, whose President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attended the conference, has controversially stood by Al-Assad's government as Syria's long-term ally during the escalating violence.

In addition, the newly-elected president spoke about the Palestinian cause, describing it as the number one issue for Egypt and all Arab and Islamic states worldwide. He called upon Palestinians to unite in order to achieve national reconciliation.

Egypt's Islamist head of state also mentioned the marginalised Muslim community in Myanmar, calling for a solution to the humanitarian crisis. Morsi spoke about Muslim minorities around the globe and welcomed an initiative spearheaded by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to found an Islamic dialogue center in Riyadh.

Morsi closed his speech by adding that Egypt's January 25 Revolution demanded justice, equality and human dignity, values that are consistent with the tolerant principles of Islam.

The OIC, which is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations, is comprised of 57 member states, hailing from all over the Muslim world.

Following the summit, President Morsi and his family, headed to Medina city to visit the Prophet Mohamed's Mosque as part of his Umrah (lesser) pilgrimage to Saudi's holy sites.

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shiraz buckman
16-08-2012 12:04pm
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muslim unity
firstly i am proud to here from Brother Mursi of a muslim unity and speaking about the muslim minorities around the world which saudi arabia who is going to fund a dialog centre which are good signs.if this message goes to any leaders what i would like them to do is at the moment we need MUSLIM UNITY and not to Divide the muslims what the WEST AND ISRAEL has been able to do .besides all the ills for muslims are becos there rulers are not following THE HOLY QURAN AND SUNNAHS OF OUR BELOWED RASOOL SAL.if we call our countries islamic states then we should have the sharia law so how many counties follow this ???? if the Muslims reAlised the way this Ramadan went by it was so fast that we could not even count the number of fasts that were finished at the end of the day as we were so confused .THAT MEANS THE SIGNS OF KIYAMA is very close .so dear muslim rulers pls put yr differences aside and in this month of ramadan come and unite and show the world how strong we are like in the days of Ra
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Ray Gibbs
16-08-2012 04:01am
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Speech OIC
Well spoken Mr. President.
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African
15-08-2012 11:39pm
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Morsi is wrong
You don't make peace by supporting one of the waring factions. You make peace by having a genuine dialogue. I am very suspicious of any party that the west and israel are supporting. And the cruelty of the 'rebels' is scary.
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Randy Kyle
15-08-2012 08:27pm
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The Beat Goes On
Of course Obama's Muslim Brotherhood shill in Egypt wants Syria to fall so the "Arab Spring" I.E. extremist islamic takeover of the region can continue. Jordan is next.
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Karim Dad Chughtai
15-08-2012 04:39pm
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Why not Muslim Political Unity
It is good hear from Mursi for Muslim cause worldwide. The Quran, Hadith, Geography, History, Jamaluddin Afghani, Allam Iqbal and Gamal Abdel Nasser all demand Muslim political unity. We expect from Mursi, Erdogan, and Imran Khan to work for Muslim unity in near future.
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Nadia
15-08-2012 03:46pm
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Good indications
this is the first time since Abdul Nasser Egypt speaks with such a strong tone. May Allah help this president. May Allah help Egypt.
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