Arab liaison committee on Syria's next meeting to be in Baghdad: FM Shoukry

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shourky announced on Tuesday that the Arab liaison committee concerned with resolving the Syria crisis will hold a meeting in Baghdad following their meeting in Cairo.

Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad
Egypt s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad


In a press conference held following the meeting of the liaison committee in Cairo, Shoukry emphasized that participants discussed the importance of Syria’s Constitutional Committee resuming its work.

They anticipate the Constitutional Committee will resume its work in Oman with UN facilitation and coordination before the end of the year, he added.

The Egypt FM added that participants unanimously agreed the Syrian crisis must be resolved politically.

He also noted the liaison committee is communicating with the UN Special Envoy for Syria to convene a meeting to discuss the crisis.

Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad presented his own measures to resolve the crisis, Shoukry stated.

The meeting also tackled humanitarian issues related to Syrian refugees.

Shoukry emphasized the necessity of providing suitable conditions for the return of Syrian refugees, as well as expanding the operation of the Bab Al-Salamah border crossing on the Turkish border to alleviate the suffering of Syrians.

The liaison committee also calls on humanitarian organizations to alleviate suffering, the Egypt FM added.

Liaison committee statement

According to the statement issued by the liaison committee, Mekdad provided updates on the situation inside Syria, as well as on contacts between the liaison committee, the Syrian government, the UN, and other friendly nations to resolve the crisis.

Mekdad also highlighted Syria’s ongoing cooperation and dialogue with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), particularly when it comes to the issue of refugee return.

He underscored the government’s efforts to facilitate the UNHCR’s work in Syria and affirmed their commitment to intensifying these measures, including opening more UNHCR offices in refugee return areas.

He also mentioned that the government has been periodically announcing measures to facilitate refugee returns, including presidential amnesty decrees.

The Syrian government also intends to continue its regular announcements of the numbers of returning refugees, he said.

The committee also welcomes cooperation between the Syrian and Jordanian governments to combat drug trafficking.

In May, the Arab League formed the Arab liaison committee on Syria, comprising Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, and the Arab League’s secretary-general, to follow up with the Syrian government and the international community to seek a comprehensive solution to the longstanding crisis in Syria.

The committee was formed following the reinstatement of Syria in the Arab League, ending a 12-year suspension.

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