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Syrian regime should 'step down,' Egypt's Morsi tells Arab League
In first address to Arab League by Egyptian president in years, Morsi maintains strong line vis-a-vis Damascus, stresses support for Palestinian cause
Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Sep 2012
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Morsi assures Egypt’s responsibility for the Palestinian issue
Egyptian bodyguards surround President Mohammed Morsi, right, and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, second right, as they leave the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Photo: AP)

"Syria, Syria." With these words, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday ended his speech at this year's annual meeting of the Cairo-based Arab League. It was the first ministerial-level Arab League meeting in years to be directly addressed by Egypt's president.

The session was jointly headed by Morsi and Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour. 

In his speech, Morsi asserted that it was "time for the Syrian regime to step down," stressing that it was an Arab responsibility to find a viable resolution to the ongoing crisis.

"We should help the Syrians avoid civil war and avert foreign military intervention," Morsi asserted.

"I tell the Syrian regime: there is still a chance to end the bloodshed. Now is the time for change," he added.

Morsi went on to say there was "no time to waste" in discussing proposed reforms, stressing that the Assad regime "has to leave to stop the carnage."

He also called on Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to "take lessons from recent history," in reference to the fall of longstanding regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen in the wake of the so-called 'Arab Spring.'

"Do something and we'll support you," Morsi told Arab diplomats before leaving the meeting.

Last week, Morsi addressed the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran, where he said that the regime in Damascus had "lost its legitimacy."

He also called the Assad regime an "oppressor" that bore responsibility for the ongoing violence, calling on the roughly 120 NAM member-states to go beyond mere expressions of sympathy and help the Syrian people "free themselves" from alleged government oppression.

On the Palestine/Israel issue, Morsi told Arab diplomats convened at the Arab League that the Palestinians continued to suffer under an "unjust occupation," stressing that Arabs should support the Palestinians' ongoing struggle for their legitimate rights and an independent state.

The Egyptian president went on to urge the Arabs to pressure the international community to support the Palestinian cause.

"Egypt supports any initiative by the Palestinians that would help them earn membership in the United Nations," Morsi stated.

The Muslim Brotherhood president concluded by saying that diplomatic changes backed by popular will could lead to real political action, and that this was the key to restoring Palestinian rights.

"Egypt bears responsibility for continuing its efforts to resolve the Palestinian issue," he said.

There was no Syrian delegation at Wednesday's Arab League meeting , as Damascus' membership in the pan-Arab organisation was suspended last November.



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Majid
06-09-2012 04:41pm
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Peaceful national referendum with international observers the only solution!
Syrian government will need to embrace the vote of their people. Assad, must hold a national election like in Egypt and let the votes decide the outcome. Given the situation, a delegation from non-aligned nation can observe fairness of election. But first the killing must stop. Then a national referendum.
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abuanto
05-09-2012 08:26pm
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What Are Saying Mr.President?
What Are You Saying Mr.President?You Want Assad To Leave,You Called Him Names,You Want Those Islamist And Al Qaeda Terrorist Take Over Syria,Those Thugs Are Paid International Criminals,Killing War Prisoners Live On BBC,And Those Throwing War Prisoners To Their Death From High Building,And Using Knives And Swords Chopping Innocent Civilians,And Drive Thousands Out Fleeing Syria.Saudi Arabia,Qatar And The Turkey With The Blessing Of The West Are Doing The Chaos In Syria .So You Want Change Of Hands In Syria From Assad To Islamist,Al Qaeda Style Regime ,How Nice.?Did You Just forgot Those Are The Same Terrorist Who Killed 16 Plus Egyptian Soldiers In Sinai In Ramadan Sir.?Is That What You And The Arabs Rally Want For Syria?The Arab League Is In A Coma,They Don't Know Anything,They Feel Nothing.It's The Masters Who Are Moving Those Arab Leaders As Puppets The Why They Want Them To Move.The Arab League Is A Tool For The West To Further Their Interest in The Arab World.Peace
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Prof. Dr. Norman D. Manwarner
05-09-2012 10:13pm
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May Allah give more power to you President Mohammad Morsi!
May Allah the Only True God worthy of worship give more power to President Mohammad Morsi and let world peace prevail through him. It is only true Islam based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah that the world will achieve justice, peace and prosperity. Honorable President Morsi keep up with your mission -- to worship Allah. Indeed, you have started your duty by promoting words of justice to people oppressed by the oppressors whose belief and deeds are alien to Islam.
Prof. Dr. Norman D. Manwarner
05-09-2012 10:13pm
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May Allah give more power to you President Mohammad Morsi!
May Allah the Only True God worthy of worship give more power to President Mohammad Morsi and let world peace prevail through him. It is only true Islam based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah that the world will achieve justice, peace and prosperity. Honorable President Morsi keep up with your mission -- to worship Allah. Indeed, you have started your duty by promoting words of justice to people oppressed by the oppressors whose belief and deeds are alien to Islam.
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Ashraf
05-09-2012 07:43pm
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Egypt President
It is no more a hidden sectret that Old regime loyals in media never accepted a civil president elected by egyption people in a free and transparent elections.Morsi is Egypt's President... President of Egyptions....but these autocratic regime loyals call Mursi.. "The Muslim Brotherhood Prsident".....Egyptions can understand your frustration dears
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abuanto
05-09-2012 07:33pm
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So Mr.Morsi Want Assad To Step Down?
So Mr.Morsi Want Assad To Step Down? The Problem With That Is And No Brave Ones Saying Is That Their Is No Real Set Up Of Real Group,An Organize One To Take Over When And If Assad Goes.The Chaos In Syria Created By The Arab League .And They Are Supporting Some Of So Called Rebels Who Are Killing Innocent Syrian Civilians,Those Islamist And Al Qaeda Terrorist Using Not Just Guns,But Knives,Swords And Other Berbarian Means In Terrorizing The Civilians,Stealing their Homes,And Made Them Fleeing The Country .Those Are Paid Terrorist,The Saudis,Qatar The Turkey Are financing,Training And Arming Them.It's Very Sad To See Some Arab Leaders In The Arab League Demanding Assad To Step Down And The One Will Take His Place Let's Say The"The Free Syrian Army"Is Syria will Be Better And Democratic Country If Them Take Over Running Syria,Or They'll Have A Free Democratic Elections.I Very Much Doubt That,So Far They Are Not Showing It,They Are In Fight With Each Other.Those Thugs And Foreign Non-Syria
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Karim Dad Chughtai
05-09-2012 05:07pm
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Mursi is going to be Nasser in Foreign Policy
Though president Mursi is setting home right, however, the glory of Egypt lies in its international role. His support for the Syrian and Palestinian people make us feels deja vu of the outstanding diplomatic glory of Egypt under Gamal Abdel Nasser.
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Dalou
05-09-2012 04:18pm
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.the Palestinan issue too late
CIA-Mossad is presently in Syria with support of Turkey UAE US UK ! Yesterday's Israeli papers title: Israeli capital-Arab free in 2015
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