Egyptian FM, UN special envoy discuss Syrian crisis

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Wed, 04 Mar 2020 - 11:50 GMT

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen - Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meets with United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen - Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry

CAIRO – 5 March 2020: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s support to the settlement of the Syrian crisis, in a meeting on Wednesday with United Nations special envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, on the sidelines of the Arab League Council's 153rd session.

Shoukry stressed the need to proceed with the political process, according to the United Nations Security Council resolution no. 2254, to restore security and stability in the war-torn country, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman said in a statement.

During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed the Egyptian position regarding the developments of the Syrian situation, and highlighted the importance of the UN envoy’s efforts.

He also affirmed the need to work on combating terrorism and extremist organizations in Syria, and to address the danger of the infiltration of foreign fighters from their areas of presence, including the movement of some Syrian factions to Libya.

For his part, the UN envoy reviewed with Shoukry the outcome of his recent efforts that aim at pushing forward peaceful settlement for the crisis.

He also appreciated the balanced Egyptian role in communicating with the various Syrian and regional parties, with the aim of achieving convergence of views with regard to the Syrian crisis.

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