Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi’s statements about Arab military intervention in Syria were taken out of context, the president’s political adviser Seif Abdul Fattah said.
According to the Turkish Anatolia News Agency, Abdul Fattah said that Egypt is currently studying the possibility of an Arab military intervention in Syria and that negotiations are ongoing with Qatar and Turkey about this scenario.
“Egypt is willing to take part provided that it does not become a pretext for foreign intervention,” he was quoted as saying by the agency.
It is important, he reportedly added, for Egypt to know the extent of this intervention and its exact goals.
In response to the controversy stirred by the statement, Abdul Fattah said that talk about intervention in Syria was taken out of context.
“We always make it clear that any discussion about intervention in Syria has to be done through the Arab League as part of its attempts to resolve the crisis,” he told Al Arabiya’s al-Hadath al-Masry show.
Abdul Fattah added that Mursi did not mention military intervention when he was in Turkey on Sunday.
“The president called for doing what our conscience and ethics dictate for the Syrian people.”
The quartet initiative previously proposed by Mursi, Abdul Fattah noted, is still an option.
“It was supposed to be comprised of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Iran, but if it does not work like that it can be done with three or two countries.”
Abdul Fattah explained that there are several groups of countries working on resolving the Syrian crisis.
“In addition to the quartet proposed by Egypt, there is the international community like Western countries and supporting states like Qatar,” he concluded.