Egypt asserts support for peaceful solution in Syria

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Egypt’s delegate to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), Amr Aboulatta, asserted on Tuesday night’s council meeting that a thorough political solution would be the only means to end the Syrian crisis, according to the UNSC press statement.

Aboulatta called for all parties to allow humanitarian access, particularly the UN aid, to aid the victims of the Syrian crisis.

He further condemned the recent attacks on schools and hospitals, adding that the “threat of terrorism in Syria could not be underestimated.”

The UNSC held the meeting to discuss the latest updates in the Syrian crisis, as the under secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, Stephen O’Brien, said that 30 women and children were injured following the Islamic State (IS) attack last week in Deir ez-Zor. O’Brien also said that “100 civilians had fallen victim to recent counter-IS air strikes, in both Deir ez-Zor and Al-Raqqa.”

In a similar context, the secretary of Egypt’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hussein Al-Saharti, said on Tuesday that Egypt rejects any military intervention in Syria and rather supports a political solution that guarantees the safety of Syrian people and lands, reported a state-owned broadcaster.

Al-Saharti’s statement follows Egypt’s parliamentary committee on foreign affairs member Tarek Al-Khouly’s call for ending military intervention in Syria by all parties, condemning the recent airstrikes by the United States.

Earlier in May, Russia, Turkey, and Iran held the Astana ceasefire talks in which they agreed to establish four safe zones in Syria, supported by the Damascus regime and opposed by the Syrian opposition delegates to the talks.

Egypt has expressed its support to the Astana ceasefire agreement, as Russia’s minister of foreign affairs, Sergey Lavrov, said in a press conference during his recent visit to Egypt, who described the agreement as the first step towards separating the “normal armed opposition and IS terrorists.”

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