8:29pm UK, Saturday 15 June 2013
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi
Egypt has cut diplomatic ties with Syria and has ordered the Damascus Embassy in Cairo to be closed, the Egyptian president says.
Mohamed Mursi also urged world powers to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria.
He also called on Lebanon's Hezbollah to leave Syria, where the militant group has been fighting alongside troops loyal to President Bashar al Assad.
The Islamist president was speaking to thousands of supporters in a Cairo stadium for a Support for Syria rally.
Egypt "decided today to definitively break off relations with the current regime in Syria, to close that regime's embassy in Cairo and to recall Egypt's charge d'affaires" from Damascus, he said.