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Saudi, Egyptian foreign ministers hold meeting over Syria

26 October 2015 7:45


Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has met with his Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, to discuss the situation in Syria and reiterate opposition against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Cairo and Riyadh hold a “similar” position on Syria, said Shoukry in a press conference held after the meeting in Cairo on Sunday.

During the press conference, Jubeir reiterated his country’s stance that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no place in Syria’s future.

“Our solution is clear. We do not see a future for Syria with Bashar al-Assad. We want a unified Syrian country that includes all sects. We also refuse any foreign intervention in Syria,” al-Jubeir said.

He also noted that “some progress” had been made towards ending the crisis in Syria, but, “We still need more consultations … to reach this point.”

Shoukry, for his part, said that the countries “do not want any foreign, non-Arab intervention in our conflicts,” adding that every three or four months meetings will be organized to discuss security issues of the Arab region.

He noted that the troubles in Yemen, where Saudi Arabia has been conducting merciless air raids since late March, Palestine, and Libya were also discussed in the meeting.

The foreign-sponsored conflict in Syria, which flared in March 2011, has claimed the lives of more than 250,000 people and left over one million injured, according to the United Nations.

The world body says 12.2 million people, including more than 5.6 million children, remain in need of humanitarian assistance. The crisis has displaced 7.6 million people.

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