Egypt denounces Syria's 'oppressive regime'

  • Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi urged a meeting of 120 nations on Thursday’s session of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran to support Syrian rebels against what he called "an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy."

    In protest of the comments, Syria's delegation walked out.

    In a stinging attack on his Iranian hosts, who support Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Morsi announced his "complete solidarity with Syrians struggling for freedom and justice."

    Morsi is the first Egyptian leader to visit the Iranian capital since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

    He did not meet with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, leading some analysts to suggest that Khamenei was displeased with Egypt’s view on Syria.

    Syrian state TV cut the live broadcast of Morsi's speech, later citing that his remarks were a "breach of summit protocol."