FILE- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry – press photo
CAIRO – 21 June 2018: Egyptian Foreign Minister received in Cairo Thursday, a delegation from the Syrian High Negotiations Committee (HNC) including opposition leader Nasr al-Hariri, to discuss the Syrian crisis.
During a meeting with the HNC that represents the Syrian opposition, Shoukry reiterated Egypt’s total support to the political solution to the Syrian crisis and the international resolutions in Geneva under U.N. auspices, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.
In a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Cairo in June, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s long-held stance on seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis, saying that the Egyptian state seeks a political solution that would preserve the unity of the Syrian state and its territorial integrity, and stop the bloodshed, according to Abu Zeid.
The FM affirmed Egypt’s keenness to support de Mistura’s efforts, saying that the political solution in Syria has to be compatible with the aspirations of the Syrian people.
De Mistura praised Egypt’s efforts to solve the Syrian crisis on the political and humanitarian levels, expressing the UN's intention to boost coordination with Egypt concerning the situation in Syria, Abu Zeid said.
De Mistura’s visit to Cairo comes within the framework of the UN keenness to exchange visions and intensify coordination with Egypt to address ways to achieve a political solution to the crisis in Syria, Abu Zeid said.
In a meeting with the UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Cairo in June, Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s long-held stance on seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis, June, 2018 - Press photo
During an earlier meeting with de Mistura in late February, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference, Shoukry reiterated Egypt's rejection of any military solution in Syria, calling on all Syrian parties to continue their talks to find a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, according to Abu Zeid.
In the Arab League Summits in 2015, 2017 and 2018, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi voiced concerns about the military escalation in Syria, calling for stopping the bloodshed and achieving a political solution.
Former Undersecretary of Egypt’s General Intelligence Mohammad Rashad said in press remarks that Egypt will be continuously refusing U.S. requests to send armed forces to Syria. He added that Egypt is not interested to militarily intervene in Syria.