Assad: Political Islam Being Defeated
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Wednesday the upheaval in Egypt was a defeat for political Islam.
“Whoever brings religion to use in politics or in favor of one group at the expense of another will fall anywhere in the world,” Assad said. “The summary of what is happening in Egypt is the fall of what is called political Islam,” he added.
Gulf Arab states welcomed Egypt's interim leader on Thursday, hopeful his appointment would stem the rise of Islamists in the Middle East.
Meanwhile, the military overthrow of an elected president drew condemnation from Turkey, and a guarded response from Iran. Iran called for the people's legitimate demands to be fulfilled but warned of “foreign and enemy opportunism.” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters in Istanbul that it is unacceptable for a government that has come to power through democratic elections “to be toppled through illicit means and, even more, a military coup.” (Reuters, 4 July)
The United States expressed concern at the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday and called for a swift return to democracy, as did the European Union.
Photo credit: Adil Mansour (center), speaks at his swearing ceremony as Egypt’s interim president. Cairo, 4 July 2013. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)