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Egypt's FM discusses military escalation in Syria with acting US secretary of state

Egypt seeks full and transparent investigation into allegations of chemical-weapons use in Syria's Douma, said FM Sameh Shoukry

Ahram Onlin , Tuesday 17 Apr 2018
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A file photo of Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry (Photo:Reuters)
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Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry spoke with US Secretary of State John Sullivan by telephone on Monday, discussing the latest developments in Syria, including US-led airstrikes on Syrian government targets, the Egyptian foreign ministry has announced.

According a ministry statement, Shoukry presented Egypt's evaluation of the military latest escalation in Syria, which saw the US, France and Britain launch missiles at Syrian government targets last Saturday in response to alleged chemical weapons use in Syria.

In his telephone call, Shourky said it was necessary to boost efforts to achieve a political resolution to the Syrian crisis in accordance with international law under the guidance of the UN.

He said that Egypt completely rejects the use by any party of internationally prohibited weapons on Syrian territory, demanding a transparent investigation into alleged chemical-weapons use in Syria.

The two men agreed to continue coordination and consultation on seeking a political solution, encouraging all parties to be positively involved in the talks, said the ministry statement.

Egypt has maintained its support for a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, while affirming its support for the unity of the Syrian state and its territory.

On Saturday, Damascus witnessed a string of powerful blasts, the result of large-scale missile strikes by the US, France and Britain. The attacks on Syrian government targets came one week after a suspected deadly gas attack in Douma, a suburb of Damascus.

Western nations have said the Syrian government is responsible for the alleged gas attacks, while Damascus and Moscow claim the events were staged by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists under the direction of foreign intelligence agencies.

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