The Associated Press reports: Syria came under scathing international criticism Wednesday, with Turkey calling the country a terrorist state and Egypt’s leader calling on President Bashar Assad to “learn from recent history” and step down.
Alluding to the fate of the authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen, which were overthrown by Arab Spring uprisings, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi warned his Syrian counterpart that “it’s too late to talk about reform, this is the time for change.”
Morsi’s strong comments to Arab foreign ministers in Cairo followed an address last month during a summit meeting of the so-called nonaligned movement in the Iranian capital, Tehran, where the Egyptian leader gave a hearty call for world support of Syria’s rebels. Iran is Assad’s strongest foreign backer.
Also Wednesday, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed Assad’s government.
“The regime has become one of state terrorism,” he said. “Syria is going through a huge humanitarian saga. Unfortunately, as usual, the international community is merely watching the slaughter, massacre and the elimination of Muslims.”