Syria condemns ‘irresponsible’ Egypt move to cut diplomatic ties

Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi on Saturday announced the severing of relations with war-torn Syria, which is suffering from more than two years of civil war. (Photo courtesy: Egyptian Presidency)

 The Syrian government on Sunday condemned Egypt’s decision to cut ties with Damascus and back the armed uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, calling it an “irresponsible” move.

The announcement came after Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi announced on Saturday the “definitive” cutting of ties with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and called for imposing a no-fly zone over the warn-torn country.

“The Syrian Arab Republic condemns this irresponsible position,” an unnamed Syrian official told state news agency SANA.

The official carried on to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi had joined the “conspiracy and incitement led by the United States and Israel against Syria by announcing the cutting of ties yesterday.”

“Syria is confident that this decision does not represent the will of the Egyptian people,” the official added, accusing Mursi of trying to deflect attention from internal crises.

Sunni Muslim clerics had gathered in Cairo early this week urging the Muslim youth to go and fight in Syria against the Shiite Hezbollah and Iran, both of which back Assad.

(With Reuters and AFP)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40