Egypt waives visa fees for Syrians after Morsi overthrow

July 22, 2013 18:13

CAIRO - Egypt said on Monday it would cancel visa fees for Syrians, the latest effort to ease diplomatic tensions between the two Arab states after the army ousted President Mohamed Morsi this month.

Morsi, a member of the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood, had cut off diplomatic relations with Syria, led by Shi'ite President Bashar Assad, last month at a rally packed with hardline fellow Islamists calling for holy war in Syria.Egypt's army-backed administration that replaced Morsi has since tried to distance itself from his position, which analysts say could signal a desire to return to a role as a more neutral broker in the civil war.

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