Last Update 20:32
Sunday, 22 September 2019

Egypt confirms regional meeting on Syria in Cairo

Egypt's foreign ministry says the first regional contact group on Syria will hold their first meeting in Cairo on Monday; the group includes Saudi Arabia, turkey, Iran in addition to Egypt

AFP , Monday 10 Sep 2012
Morsi
Egyptian bodyguards surround President Mohammed Morsi, right, and Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby, second right, as they leave the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. ( Photo: AP)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1021
Share/Bookmark
Views: 1021

Egypt's foreign ministry on Monday confirmed it was hosting a meeting of a four-way "contact group" aimed at resolving the conflict in Syria, after Iran said it was attending.

Delegations from Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia "will meet today... in a bid to confront the deteriorating situation in Syria and put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and an end to the bloodshed through a political process," the ministry said in a statement.

The meeting is the first of a regional "contact group" on Syria proposed by Egypt's new president, Mohamed Morsi, at an August summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Saudi Arabia that suspended Syria's membership.

The delegations would "exchange points of view on the tragic developments in Syria and ways to end the bloodbath and achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people," foreign ministry official Nazih al-Naggari was quoted as saying in the statement.

Egypt would "work to reach a consensus over an immediate halt to the killing and violence; the preservation of Syrian unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity; the rejection of foreign military intervention in Syria," the statement said.

It would also seek to "launch a political process with the participation of all segments of the Syrian population... supporting Arab and international efforts aimed at resolving the crisis, including the mission of UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi."

The ministry said the contact group was open to "any positive contribution from other parties in the future."

Earlier, Iran's foreign ministry said in a report that a deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, had left Tehran for the Egyptian capital to take part in the meeting.

"Iran's participation in this meeting is within the framework of solving the Syrian crisis and to listening to the Egyptian proposal," spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Iran's Al-Alam Arabic-language broadcaster.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.