Iran ‘part of solution in Syria’, Egypt says

Iran and Egypt agree on the need to find a political solution to the crisis

Cairo: Egypt’s presidential spokesman has said that Iran is part of the solution to the Syrian civil war, and not part of the crisis.

Speaking at a press conference here, Ehab Fahmi said: “Egypt considers Iran part of a solution to the Syrian crisis, not part of the crisis as some parties believe”, and termed Iran an “influential” country in the region.

“Our communication with the Iranian side was reflected on our consensus over the necessity of reaching a political solution to the Syrian crisis,” Fahmi said.

He stressed that the Egyptian stance on the Syrian crisis is based on respecting the will of the Syrian people.

Egypt supports an immediate end of violence in Syria, a resolution through negotiations between the opposition and the Syrian administration, he said.

“All diplomatic communications run by Egypt with Russia, Iran, Turkey and any other international stakeholders aim at reaching a peaceful settlement for the Syrian crisis,” Fahmi said, commending the Russian initiative to hold an international conference on Syria.

A timely settlement of Syria’s two-year-old political conflict seems all the more unreachable, as Turkey and Israel, two neighbours of Syria, turned further against Damascus after feeling the spillover the Syrian crisis.

Lately, Israel air raided several military targets inside Syria, while Ankara held that the deadly bombings at a Turkish border town over the weekend was masterminded by Damascus.

By Gulf News


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