Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy is pictured in Cairo on July 17, 2013
Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy, pictured in Cairo on July 17, 2013, says Cairo will "re-examine" diplomatic ties with Syria that were severed last month under ousted president Mohamed Morsi. © Khaled Desouki - AFP/File
Egypt's Foreign Minister  Nabil Fahmy is pictured in Cairo on July 17, 2013
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Last updated: July 20, 2013

Egypt to re-examine severed Syria ties

Cairo will "re-examine" diplomatic ties with Syria that were severed last month under ousted president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, said on Saturday.

"Everything will be re-examined," Fahmy said of the decision to sever ties with Syria.

"It doesn't mean they will resume or not resume," he told reporters.

"There is no intention of jihad in Syria," he added, in reference to calls for a holy war in Syria under Morsi's presidency.

Morsi announced on June 15 the "definitive" cutting of relations with Syria, which has been ravaged by more than two years of bloody civil war.

Egypt closed its embassy in Damascus and shut down the Syrian mission in Cairo after the announcement.

The military ousted Morsi on July 3 in a popularly backed coup.

During his single year of rule, Morsi's Islamist-dominated government had repeatedly called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down, and urged the international community to impose a "no-fly zone" over the country.

Fahmy also said on Saturday that he supported a political solution to the conflict in Syria.

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