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Making his first presidential address to the Arab League, whose members gathered in Cairo on Wednesday, Mr. Morsi said Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey and Egypt would meet to discuss the Syrian crisis.

Regional tensions

Details of the meeting were not immediately clear, and regional analysts generally agree that Egypt’s internal turbulence makes it an unlikely candidate to rouse the region into cohesive action on Syria.

“In terms of what Egypt can actually do, it’s quite limited,” said Daniel L. Byman, a senior Middle East policy fellow at the Brookings Institution.

He said Turkey has the potential to effect change more quickly and deeply in Syria, but that Mr. Morsi’s remarks against the Assad regime could have a different impact.

“It enables anti-Assad forces around the region to claim a moral higher ground,” he said.

Others criticized the Obama administration for not doing more to calm tensions in the region.

Mr. Graham told reporters in Baghdad on Wednesday that “there’s an amazing lack of American leadership, and it’s beginning to show on all fronts.”

With a U.S. presidential election looming, the White House has appeared cautious about becoming entangled in Syria’s civil war.

The administration has argued publicly for months against arming the Syrian opposition. But reports suggest that the White House and CIA are collaborating closely with Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are secretly channeling weapons to the rebels.

Apart from vaguely worded assertions, however, the administration has remained mum on such activities. During a recent visit to Turkey, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said only that the U.S. is “coordinating our efforts with others who are also providing various forms of support.”

Humanitarian crisis deepens

The Turkish border with Syria has swelled with refugee camps filled by an estimated 80,000 refugees.

Syria is going through a huge humanitarian saga,” Mr. Erdogan said Wednesday. “Unfortunately, as usual, the international community is merely watching the slaughter.”

Syrian opposition groups say more than 23,000 people have been killed by the violence.

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Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor

Guy Taylor is the National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper’s State Department, Pentagon and intelligence community coverage. He’s also a frequent guest on The McLaughlin Group and C-SPAN.

His series on political, economic and security developments in Mexico won a 2012 Virginia Press Association award.

Prior to rejoining The Times in 2011, his work was ...

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