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Morsi discusses Syria with Islamic scholars

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The meeting comes on the heels of a conference held in Cairo to discuss the position of Muslim scholars on Syria

A conference titled the The Position of the Nation's Scholars on the Developments in Syria was held in Cairo on 13 June 2013 (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

A conference titled the The Position of the Nation’s Scholars on the Developments in Syria was held in Cairo on 13 June 2013 (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

President Mohamed Morsi discussed Syrian developments with Islamic scholars from around the region during a conference in Cairo.

The Thursday meeting came after the end of a conference titled the The Position of the Nation’s Scholars on the Developments in Syria.

Influential cleric Mohamed Yusuf Al-Qaradawi was present for both the conference and meeting.

Morsi said during the meeting that the suffering of the Syrian people requires uniting efforts of the Islamic and Arabic world. He stressed that Egypt supports any step that will end bloodshed in Syria.

Over 70 Sunni organisations attended the conference, Reuters reported. In the conference’s closing statement, Egyptian preacher Mohamed Hassan said that Jihad to support the people of Syria is a must, which can take many forms including through weapons or money or anything that can save the people of Syria.

Hassan also said Iran, Hezbollah and their sectarian allies are waging a war on Islam and Muslims. The scholars called on Muslims to boycott the Iranian goods and companies.

In response to a question by the Associated Press, Presidential Coordinator for Foreign Affairs Khaled Al-Qazzaz said on Thursday that the Egyptian government takes no measures against people who go to fight in Syria, adding that the right to travel is open for all Egyptians.


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