Egyptian, Syrian FMs hold talks ahead of Arab liaison committee on Syria meeting in Cairo

Ahram Online , Tuesday 15 Aug 2023

Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry and his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, held talks in Cairo on Tuesday ahead of a meeting for the Arab liaison committee concerned with the Syria file.

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

 

During the meeting, Shoukry stressed the committee’s keenness to continue the tasks entrusted to it in order to help resolve the longstanding Syrian crisis, according to a statement by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The committee is also keen on providing a helping hand to the Syrian people so that they overcome their ordeal and preserve Syria’s unity and territorial integrity, added Shoukry.

The liaison committee meeting comes in line with the role played by the Arab League and its member states to promote joint Arab action and solidarity in order to settle the Syrian crisis in all its political, economic and humanitarian dimensions, Shoukry stressed.

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.

Later in May, Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad attended an Arab League summit in Jeddah for the first time since 2010.

Also in May, Saudi Arabia reopened its diplomatic mission in Syria, a decade after diplomatic ties between the two countries were cut.

In April, Egypt received Syrian FM Mekdad in the first official visit by a Syrian foreign minister to Cairo in over a decade.

Shoukry and Mekdad agreed during the April meeting to strengthen channels of communication.

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