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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday (August 30th) called Syria's regime "oppressive" and urged support for rebels seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster, AFP reported.
Morsi's address at the Non-Aligned Movement summit prompted a walkout by the Damascus delegation and drew a sharp response from Syria's Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem.
"The revolution in Egypt is the cornerstone for the Arab Spring, which started days after Tunisia and then was followed by Libya and Yemen and now the revolution in Syria against its oppressive regime," Morsi said in his speech at the summit.
"Our solidarity with the struggle of Syrians against an oppressive regime that has lost its legitimacy is an ethical duty, and a political and strategic necessity," he said.
Al-Muallem called Morsi's comments "interference in Syria's internal affairs".