Egypt's Mursi urges Syria unity at Islamic summit
CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on Wednesday urged Syrian opposition groups to unify, as he addressed leaders of Islamic states at a summit that also focused on the battle against militants in Mali.
"The Syrian regime must draw lessons from history: it is the people who remain. Those who put their personal interests above the interests of their people will end up leaving," Mr Mursi told heads of state and representatives of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo.
Among them was Mr Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, in the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution.
Iran is the chief regional backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Egypt and Gulf powerhouse Saudi Arabia bitterly oppose Assad and support rebels seeking his ouster.