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Posted on 04/28/2013 7:55:54 PM PDT by haffast
CAIRO (Reuters) - Senior aides to Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi made a rare visit to Tehran for talks with Iran on an Islamic initiative to seek a peaceful solution to Syria's civil war, the two sides said on Sunday.
Tehran is Syria's closest ally and has provided money, weapons, intelligence and training for President Bashar al-Assad's forces, while Egypt has given political support to the opposition Syrian National Coalition fighting to oust him.
Mursi's foreign affairs adviser Essam Haddad and his chief-of-staff Rifaa El-Tahtawy met Iranian officials in a follow-up to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's groundbreaking visit to Cairo in February for an Islamic summit.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry statement said they agreed on "the necessity of an action plan...to act on the Egyptian president's plan on the Syria crisis through an acceptable political solution which can help end the violence and help national reconciliation with the participation of the people of Syria".
Mursi included Iran, alongside Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, in a diplomatic "Islamic Quartet" of countries established last year to try to broker a solution in Syria.
The Egyptian leader proposed negotiations between Syrian government representatives not directly involved in repression and opposition leaders under regional or U.N. auspices on a transition of power.
However, the Saudis stayed away from the group in February in apparent irritation at the inclusion of the Iranians, and Syria has rejected foreign involvement in the national dialogue proposed by Assad.
The visiting Egyptian officials met Ahmadinejad and senior figures in Iran's foreign policy establishment - national security adviser Saeed Jalili, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and Ali Akbar Velayati, foreign policy adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
"The relationship between Cairo and Tehran is extremely sensitive, and should be managed wisely.
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At Islamic conference, Egypt's Morsi calls for regime change in Syria
By Avi Issacharoff| Aug.15, 2012 | 7:07 PM |
"Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi said on Wednesday that it is of utmost importance that Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Iran work together to solve the ongoing crisis in Syria."
"Speaking at the Islamic Solidarity Conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Morsi said that it is time for regime change in Syria. He quoted the Prophet Mohammed who forbade war among Muslims and criticized those who allowed for the situation to deteriorate and for "blood to have been spilled during the holy month of Ramadan."
Morsi stressed however that for Egypt and Arab Muslim countries, the Palestinian issue remains the most urgent, and called on the Palestinians to unite their ranks.
Short term goal: "peace and security", with the Obamites help.
Long term goal as the West continues to degrade into apostacy:
Oh geez, Egyptian mad MB meets Iran mad mullahs to discuss regime change for Syria
what could go wrong here