Syria s president Bashar Al-Assad while meeting with Speaker of Egypt s House of Representatives Hanafy El-El-Gebaly alongside speakers of the parliaments of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Emirates and Libya in Damascus on Sunday 26 February, 2023. courtesy if The Egyptian Parliament Press Office.
His remarks came during his visit – alongside speakers of the parliaments of Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Emirates and Libya – to Syria on Sunday where they met with Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad.
The visit was the first of its kind for an Arab parliamentary delegation to Syria in two decades.
"The visit comes to show solidarity with the Syrian people and express support after the disastrous earthquake which hit the country on 6 February," said El-Gebaly.
"Egypt in particular has historic relations with Syria, and I am here in Damascus to convey a message that we all support the great and steadfast Syrian people and wish them all prosperity and welfare," said El-Gebaly.
El-Gebaly indicated that the visit to Syria comes upon the resolution of the 34th conference of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU) which was held in Baghdad, Iraq, on Saturday.
"The conference chose the speakers of the parliaments of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Libya to visit Damascus and meet with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad to show solidarity and full support for the brotherly Syrian people. We all hope that very soon they will be able to overcome the disastrous earthquake which hit the country," said El-Gebaly.
In its 34th conference in Baghdad on Saturday, the APU stressed the need for "the return of Syria to the Arab League."
Syria lost its membership of the Arab League after anti-regime protests erupted in 2011.
Since then it has not participated in Arab summits or APU's conferences.
After the earthquake which hit the country on 6 February, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and some Arab leaders phoned Syria's president to show solidarity and send humanitarian aid.
During the first-ever phone call between the two leaders since El-Sisi took office in 2014, El-Sisi expressed to Al-Assad his sincere condolences over the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Syria, wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
Moreover, a supply ship from the Egyptian Navy arrived in the Port of Latakia, Syria, on 20 February carrying “hundreds of tons” of relief aid.
On 8 February, Egypt sent a rescue team comprising medical specialists and rescue technicians as well as three military planes loaded with humanitarian and relief aid, medical supplies, and tents to Syria to help victims of the devastating earthquake.