Shoukry meets Syrian opposition delegation to discuss political solution to conflict

Mahmoud Mostafa
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry
sameh shoukry
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry

A Syrian National Coordination Committee for Democratic Change delegation arrived in Cairo Saturday morning to meet Egyptian officials and seek support for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

The delegation met Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, among other top officials. Shoukry and the delegations discussed the two sides’ stance on the latest developments in Syria and facing terrorist organisations, according to state-run MENA’s report.

The Syrian opposition delegation, headed by Hassan Abdel Azim, the committee’s general coordinator, presented during the meeting the results of the committee’s representatives meetings with international figures active in finding solutions to the Syrian conflict.

Committee representatives met with the UN’s Deputy Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy on Thursday to discuss the details of the De Mistura plan on freezing the fighting in Aleppo.

The committee said in a statement that Ramzy explained that freezing the fighting and getting people back to their normal lives by providing services will aid the political solution to the crisis.

Shoukry recently confirmed that “Egypt supports a political solution to what is happening in Syria in accordance with the Syrian people’s will and the internal concurrence, to stop the people’s suffering”.

On Wednesday, an official Syrian delegation headed by Emad Al-Assad, cousin of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, arrived in Cairo to discuss the conflict in Syria. Al-Assad led a five-member delegation to Egypt, including meetings with government officials.

Mohamed Ezz Al-Arab, a researcher at al Ahram Center for Strategic and Political studies, told Daily News Egypt that Egypt’s stance on Syria is to reach a concurrent political non-violent solution to the conflict.

He pointed out that on the ground, signs tell that Al-Assad’s regime is still ahead of the opposition forces, and that the Syrian revolution militant groups fight both the regime and the opposition.

Ezz Al-Arab added that “regional support, especially the Gulf support, to topple Al-Assad’s regime has failed and Egypt’s will to reach a concurrent solution that allows a non-violent transition of power is the most viable option now”.

However, he also asserted that it is “too soon to say these initiatives will succeed”.

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