The Syrian government on Sunday condemned Egypt’s decision to cut ties with Damascus which went as far as shutting Syria’s embassy in Cairo, and backing the armed uprising against President Bashar Al Assad, calling it an “irresponsible” move.
“The Syrian Arab Republic condemns this irresponsible position,” an unnamed Syrian official told state news agency Sana.
According to the official, Egyptian President Mohammad 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 announcing the severing of ties to deflect attention from internal crises.
Mursi, an Islamist who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, announced on Saturday the “definitive” severing of ties with war-torn Syria, and the recall of Egypt’s charge d’affaires in Damascus.
He called for the international community to impose a no-fly zone and denounced the role of Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah in Syria, where its members are helping the army battle rebels. [AFP]