Egypt: end Syrian crisis before warm Iran ties

HAMZA HENDAWI
Associated Press
An Egyptian presidential guard soldier stands in front of flags of participating countries at the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.  The summit aims to address a wide range of issues including, Palestinian statehood, the Syrian crisis, poverty in the Islamic world and conflicts in Afghanistan and Somalia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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An Egyptian presidential guard soldier stands in front of flags of participating countries at the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. The summit aims to address a wide range of issues including, Palestinian statehood, the Syrian crisis, poverty in the Islamic world and conflicts in Afghanistan and Somalia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's presidential spokesman says an end to Syrian crisis is a condition to restore relations with Iran and that his country supports the Syrian opposition's proposal for talks with the regime in Damascus.

Yasser Ali's comments Wednesday were made ahead of an Egyptian-Turkish-Iranian mini-summit on the Syria crisis, being held on the sidelines of a summit of Muslim nations in Cairo.

Sunni states Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have backed Syria's rebels and have been sharp critics of President Bashar Assad, while Shiite heavyweight Iran is Damascus' closest regional ally.

Egypt's leader has spearheaded an "Islamic quartet" of nations to try to resolve the Syrian crisis. The grouping includes Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.