Syrian Jaysh Al Islam Political Leader Mohamed Alloush and Syrian opposition leader Ahmed Ali al-Gabawi – Press photo
CAIRO – 13 October 2017: Egypt Today has obtained an exclusive document on the new deal reached to reduce escalation in south of the Syrian Capital Damascus under Egyptian auspices.
An exclusive document on the new deal reached to reduce escalation in south of the Syrian Capital Damascus under Egyptian auspices obtained by Egypt Today
Syrian Jaysh Al Islam Political Leader Mohamed Alloush said Friday that an Egypt-brokered agreement to reduce tension in southern Damascus was reached.
The agreement was reached to reduce tension in Al Qadam neighborhood, as its residents are under threat of forced displacement.
In a video statement, Alloush thanked President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi for sponsoring the agreement, adding that Syrian nationals are receiving the best treatment in Egypt.
He added that Egypt would supervise the delivery of humanitarian aid to southern Damascus to ease the suffering of residents of the area.
In addition, he underlined that he visited Cairo to hold talks on the situation in southern Damascus and ways of reducing tension there following a high rate of violations in the past 10 days.
For his part, Alloush revealed an Egyptian intervention and commitment to a breakthrough in lifting the siege of Eastern Ghouta to allow aid in sufficient quantities in order to relieve the suffering in the region.
Alloush added that he received an invitation from the Egyptian leadership, confirming that an agreement was reached after the initial announcement of a cease-fire and an escalation reduction. He also referred to an upcoming visit to Cairo in the next few days to complete the terms of the agreement.
Alloush, who is one of the most prominent Syrian leaders in the opposition, has led the military faction delegation to the Astana negotiations for several rounds.
He further highlighted Egypt’s role in the region regarding Arab causes, citing success in ending a decade-long Palestinian division in Cairo, expressing hope that it extends to finding a just political solution to the Syrian crisis.
Ahmed Ali al-Gabawi, a Syrian opposition leader, thanked Egyptian leadership led by President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, citing Egypt’s commitment to continue supporting a political solution in accordance to international terms in Syria.
He further revealed details of the new Egyptian-sponsored deal on the reduction of escalation with the Russian side in Southern Damascus, referring to talks that were held in Cairo to discuss the matter.
Gabawi said that there are discussions to “combine new areas to reduce escalation, with agreement on the initial declaration of a cease-fire, the reduction of escalation and the introduction of assistance.”
He noted that the Egyptian officials stressed that the political solution is to guarantee unity and stability of Syria.
“Syria needs Egypt to intervene in solving the issue and reaching a political solution in accordance with the Geneva terms,” he added.
He stressed the existence of dignified care from Egyptian officials, praising their great efforts to make no demographic change in Syria.