Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi and Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan today announced that they both intend to stand up for the Syrian and Palestinian people.
Boston and Hareetz carried a report by the Associated Press which reports that today in Ankara Mr. Morsi addressed a major congress of Erdogan's ruling party where he stated that both heads of state have a "common goal". A goal he claims to be one of supporting "other people who are standing up against their administrations or regimes, to support Palestine and the Syrians in their efforts."
Mr. Morsi went on to dub the ongoing events in Syria "the tragedy of the century." He added that as a result, "We will be on the side of the Syrian people until the bloodshed ends, the cruel regime is gone and Syrian people reach their just rights."
Erdogan reiterated his governments support for the Syrian opposition who are seeking to oust the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. He further called on China, Russia and Iran to stop supporting and backing that regime, reasoning that, "History will not forgive those who stand together with cruel regimes."
The Turkish PM added that Turkey repudiates what he claims to be "state terrorism" on behalf of Israel, he accordingly praised Morsi for his support of the Palestinians. The leader of the Hamas militant group currently ruling the Gaza Strip -- Khaled Meshal -- was present when these comments were made.
Erdogan also took the chance to announce that he would not revive friendly relations with Israel until that country apologizes for its raid on the pro-Palestinian flotilla in 2010 and lifts its blockade on the Gaza Strip.