Egypt's Morsi calls on Syrian regime to step down

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FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt.  Egypt's Islamist president has appointed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, 10 new governors, four of them leading members of his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood group. The Islamist-led upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, also appointed ultraconservative Islamists as members of state-run human rights and media councils. Egypt is divided into 27 provinces or governorates, each headed by a governor. Of the 10 governors appointed by President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday, four are Muslim Brotherhood members and three are former army generals.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)
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FILE - In this Friday, July 13, 2012 file photo, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters during a joint news conference with Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki, unseen, at the Presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's Islamist president has appointed on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, 10 new governors, four of them leading members of his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood group. The Islamist-led upper house of parliament, the Shura Council, also appointed ultraconservative Islamists as members of state-run human rights and media councils. Egypt is divided into 27 provinces or governorates, each headed by a governor. Of the 10 governors appointed by President Mohammed Morsi on Tuesday, four are Muslim Brotherhood members and three are former army generals.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says Syrian leader Bashar Assad must learn from "recent history" and step down before it is too late.

Mohammed Morsi's reference to "recent history" appeared to allude to the fate of authoritarian regimes in Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and Yemen that have been overthrown by Arab Spring uprisings.

Morsi spoke Wednesday at a meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo.

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