16 November 2018 05:46 AM

Shoukry participates in mini-international group meeting on Syria

Thursday، 12 July 2018 - 12:33 PM

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry participated in a meeting of the mini-international group on Syria that took place in Belgium early Thursday.The top diplomats of Britain, the US, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Jordan attended the meeting, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

Egypt was invited for the first time to the group's meeting in appreciation of the efforts it is exerting to support the political settlement in Syria, Abu Zeid said.

Egypt also has open communication channels with all Syrian parties involved in the stalemate, he said, citing Egypt's role in unifying the Syrian opposition factions and resuming political negotiations.

The talks tackled means of pushing forward the political settlement and the importance of releasing a call by United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura for the first meeting of the constitution-wording committee as a first step for resuming talks which were suspended over six months ago.

During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed Egypt's efforts to push forward a settlement of the Syrian crisis.

He underlined the importance of a swift political solution to the crisis, expounding that this solution should maintain the unity of the Syrian lands and prevent foreign interference. Shoukry highlighted the importance of proceeding with the progress realized so far in combating Daesh to avoid having safe havens in the region, especially in North Africa or the Sahel and Sahara. 

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