Morsi wants central Arab role for Egypt
05 September 2012, 17:26
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi told a
gathering of Arab foreign ministers on Wednesday that he wanted to
revive Egypt's pivotal role in the Arab region after the country had
Morsi told ministers at the Arab League
headquarters that he wanted Egypt to "regain its natural place in the
Arab world, contributing to help its people build a bright Arab future".
He said that Egypt had "unfortunately been absent from Arab work for a while."
"We return from this marginalisation, where we have lived in recent decades, back to Egypt's natural historic role," Morsi said.
his election in June, Morsi has sought to redefine Egypt's diplomatic
path, taking a strong stance on the Syria conflict and visiting Iran and
China, both rivals of Egypt's traditional ally the United States.
lashed out at the Syrian regime during a speech at the summit of the
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran last week, calling it "oppressive"
while publicly urging support for rebels seeking President Bashar
"Egypt's commitment to the Arab region is a
historic commitment, renewed by the 25 January revolution" that toppled
Hosni Mubarak and paved the way for Morsi to become the first Islamist
leader of the Arab world's most populous nation.
"Our ability as
Arabs to face the challenges of the current phase is largely based on
our ability to develop Arab co-operation," Morsi said.
complete each other and be able to reform the mechanisms of Arab
cooperation in order to revive, in all of us, the concept of Arab
unity," he said.
"If the Arabs rise, the whole world will rise," Morsi said.
Egyptian leader is set to embark on his first official trip to Europe
next week, visiting Brussels and Rome before attending the UN General
Assembly later this month.