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Egypt's FM Shoukry receives Jordanian, Bahraini counterparts ahead of emergency AL meeting on Syria

Ahmed Morsy , Saturday 12 Oct 2019
 Sameh Shoukry
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry during his meeting with Jordanian counterpart Ayman Safadi in Cairo on Saturday (Photo courtesy of foreign ministry spokesman)
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Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on Saturday his Jordanian and Bahraini counterparts, Ayman Safadi and Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, respectively, ahead of the emergency meeting of the Arab League (AL), which is set to take place later today in Cairo to discuss the Turkish aggression on Syrian territory.

The emergency AL meeting, which was called by Egypt to discuss an Arab response to the Turkish military aggression in northeast Syria, will be chaired by Iraqi Foreign Minister Mohamed Ali Al-Hakim.

According to a statement issued by the Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman, Ahmed Hafez, Shoukry discussed in two separate meetings with his Jordanian and Bahraini counterparts the developments in the Turkish aggression on Syria, and its impact on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

The Egyptian foreign minister also discussed with his Jordanian and Bahraini counterparts ways to preserve the sovereignty of Syria and the unity of its people in accordance with the 2015 UN Security Council Resolution 2254.

The UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which was unanimously adopted in December 2015, calls for end to fighting in Syria and the need for a political settlement in the country.

On 9 October, Turkey started a military operation against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), with the Kurdish YPG as its main fighting element, in northeast Syria to establish a so-called "safe Zone" for Turkey - some 35 kilometres into Syrian territory. 

Egypt has condemned Turkey's attack and described it as a "blatant and unacceptable attack" on the sovereignty of an Arab state.

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