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Egyptian government to re-evaluate ties with Syria

July 20, 2013 at 5:45 PM

CAIRO, July 20 (UPI) -- Egypt's new government says it will re-examine changes in diplomatic relations with Syria under former President Mohammad Morsi.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement joined a call from some Sunni clerics to wage a jihad against the Shiite-led government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Under the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt cut all ties with Syria, closed its embassy in Damascus and shut down Syria's diplomatic mission in Cairo.

New Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said Saturday the entire relationship between the two nations would be re-evaluated, but promised the new government does not support waging a holy war against the Assad regime, Voice of America reported.

"There will be a change, everything will be re-evaluated," Fahmy said. "I don't mean whether the relationship between the two countries will return to normal or not, but what I can say frankly to you is that there is no intention of jihad in Syria."

Ongoing pro-Morsi protests throughout Egypt again resulted in casualties Saturday. A clash between Islamist protesters and police in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura where three people were killed. Thousands of Morsi loyalists kept up a sit-in protest in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, as well.

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