A handout picture made available by Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's official website shows (L-R), United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi and Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh at the opening ceremony of the summit of the Non-Alligned Movement (NAM), the group of countries not aligned with any of the powers blocs , Thursday.
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi criticized Syria’s "oppressive regime" Thursday at an international conference in Iran – one of President Bashar Assad's few remaining allies - and called for outside intervention to end the civil war.
Morsi, a moderate Islamist, told a summit of non-aligned nations in Tehran that Assad’s government had “lost its legitimacy” and the international community had an “ethical duty” to help the Syrian people.
The Syrian delegation at the summit walked out during Morsi's speech, regional news channel al-Jazeera reported.
Morsi said bloodshed in Syria would only end if there were "effective interference" from outside.
President Bashar Assad spoke to a pro-government Syrian TV station Wednesday and said the situation is "better" , but his troops need more time to "win the battle". ITV's John Ray reports.
"The bloodshed in Syria is our responsibility on all our shoulders and we have to know that the bloodshed cannot stop without effective interference from all of us," Morsi said.
"We all have to announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom."
Al-Jazeera's Imran Khan reported that Morsi's comments caused "unease" in the room "especially for the Iranians who are close to Syria."
Reuters contributed to this report.
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