Egypt has no intention of waging Syria ‘jihad,’ FM says

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Egypt has no intention of waging a holy war against Syria and will “re-examine” diplomatic ties with the war-torn country, Egyptian foreign minister said on Saturday.

The country’s newly installed Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told reporters that Egypt supports the Syrian peoples' desire for freedom but will not pursue Jihad against the Syrian government.

“There are no intentions for jihad in Syria,” Fahmy said according to Reuters.

Ties with Syria severed last month when the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood movement of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi supported a call by some Sunni clerics for a jihad against the Syrian Alawite regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Mursi announced on June 15 that Egypt will cut off diplomatic relations with Syria during an Islamist-organized conference in “support of the Syrian uprising.”

Egypt closed its embassy in Damascus and shut down the Syrian mission in Cairo after the announcement.

Fahmy said Mursi's previous decision will be reviewed.

“The decision to cut full diplomatic ties with Syria will be re-examined,” he said as quoted by AFP.

“It doesn't mean they will resume or not resume,” Fahmy added.

The foreign minister also said on Saturday that he supported a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

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