Press "Enter" to skip to content

Syrian regime’s foreign minister in Egypt for first time in over a decade

Syrian regime’s Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad arrives in Cairo for the first such visit to Egypt since 2011.

Mekdad was welcomed by his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry and the two ministers held a one-on-one meeting, Egypt’s Foreign Ministry said on Twitter on Saturday.

Shoukry reiterated “Egypt’s support to efforts aimed at reaching a comprehensive political settlement to the Syrian crisis at the earliest possible time,” the statement said.

The Egyptian minister also voiced support to UN efforts to reach consensus among Syrian people, build confidence, and continue the meetings of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, the statement said.

Mekdad, for his part, said he looks forward to more Arab solidarity with Syria in order to overcome its crisis, the statement said.

According to the statement, the two ministers agreed on intensifying channels of communication between the two countries with a view to tackling issues and matters of interest for both countries.

Arab League membership

Mekdad’s visit was the first to Egypt since Syria’s membership in the Cairo-based Arab League was suspended in November 2011 following the regime’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The top diplomats of Egypt and the Syrian regime had met in September 2021 in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings.

Shoukry had visited Damascus on February 27 following the deadly earthquakes that rocked Syria and Türkiye and Syria on February 6, killing thousands.

The Syrian regime exchanged official visits with several Arab countries in recent years amid reports about a possible resumption of Syria’s membership in the Arab League.

READ MORE: Top UN officials call for new tool to find 100,000 ‘disappeared’ Syrians

More from Middle EastMore posts in Middle East »

Be First to Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *