by Staff Reporter
June 17, 2013 (TSR) – Egypt’s President Mohammad Morsi’s announcement on severing ties with Syria, shutting down the Syrian embassy in Cairo and withdrawing the Egyptian charge d’ affaires from Damascus on Saturday came in implementation of orders and dictates by powers hostile to Syria, led by the US.
The Regional Leadership of al-Baath Arab Socialist Party said on Monday that the drastic anti-Syria measures were part of a phase of escalation following the achievements of the Syrian army on the ground reported by SANA.
Morsi’s measures ”confirmed the political mindset of Muslim Brotherhood that has been hostile to Arabism and the pan-Arab project since its inception,” the leadership said.
Muslim Brotherhood has been financially supported by the Obama administration and Qatar.
Morsi seeks to ”please Washington as the Muslim Brotherhood in Turkey and Egypt is at an impasse due to the public’s rejection of its rule,” in an attempt to ”pre-empt public anger in his own country and put pressure on the Egyptian army that clearly declared rejection of entering war with a sisterly country,” the statement said.
The leadership added that the struggle against the US project is intensifying, indicating that ”hope is pinned on the Egyptian people who express on a daily basis commitment to Arabism.”
The statement concluded that Arabism “will be the winner in this decisive battle as it always did.”
Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Gregorious III Lahham concurring, said that the decision of the Egyptian President, Mohammad Morsi to sever diplomatic ties with Syria reinforces inter-Arab divisions.
Condemning the US decision to arm the ”Syrian opposition,” Lahham said that ”arming the opposition will bring more woes to the region,” underlining the importance of stopping the flow of weapons and gunmen into Syria.
”The announcement about holding the international conference on Syria introduced a ray of hope that was felt by all, only to be dashed later by the resolve of the world’s major power to provide arms [to the opposition],” the Patriarch said during a religious ceremony in Lebanon on Monday.
He called for exerting serious efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria based on dialogue and respect for the lives of citizens.
Lahham called for providing shelter to the displaced Syrians as the Syrians did to the Palestinians, Iraqis and Lebanese, urging the formation of a central solidarity committee with Syria to that end with sub-committees in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq and Kuwait.
Apart from severing ties, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi also urged world powers not to hesitate to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.