Egypt to reevaluate Syria ties

AP News
Posted: Jul 20, 2013 8:19 AM
Egypt to reevaluate Syria ties

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's new foreign minister says Cairo is reevaluating its relationship with Syria following the military's ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Nabil Fahmy said Saturday in his first public comments since becoming Egypt's top diplomat that the country continues to support the Syrian uprising but that Cairo has no intention of waging jihad, or holy war, in Syria.

Fahmy's comments signaled a shift from Morsi's approach.

Just weeks before Morsi was deposed on July 3, a senior presidential aide said authorities would not prevent Egyptians from traveling to Syria to join the rebel cause.

Morsi also attended a rally on June 15 in which hard-line clerics urged young Egyptians to go fight in Syria. Speaking at the rally, Morsi announced he was severing diplomatic ties with Damascus.