In a speech to the Non-Aligned Summit in Tehran Thursday, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi fiercely criticized Israel and promised to back unilateral Palestinian moves for UN recognition. He said the Palestinians had the right to self-determination and accused Israel of subjecting jailed Palestinians to harsh conditions. On Syria, Morsi said President Bashar Assad had forfeited his legitimacy. He echoed Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s demand to open the UN Security Council to new members and criticized the use permanent members made of their veto powers. At the end of his speech, the Egyptian president exchanged long hugs and kisses with Ahmadinejad.
He was the first Egyptian president to visit Tehran since Iran cut diplomatic ties over Cairo's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.