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At the outset of his visit to Washington, D.C., Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry took part on November 14th in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Small Group on Syria, to discuss the latest developments on the Syrian scene, as well as means to push forward the political settlement of the crisis in Syria.
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Counselor Ahmed Hafez, stated that Minister Shoukry outlined, in his intervention during the meeting, the Egyptian position’s determinants towards the Syrian crisis. He also welcomed the commencement of the Constitutional Committee’s work recently in Geneva, calling on the Syrian parties to uphold the national interest during the upcoming rounds of the Committee, in parallel with intensifying efforts to push all other elements of the political settlement in Syria in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution No. 2254.
Hafez added that Foreign Minister also tackled the repercussions of the situation in the northern and eastern parts of Syria against the backdrop of the recent Turkish offensive, which entails negative effects on efforts to counter Daesh terrorist organization in Syria and the region, in addition to the dire consequences of the Turkish practices attempting to enforce demographic modifications in northern Syria so as to serve Turkey’s expansionist policies.
At the end of his intervention, Shoukry reaffirmed Egypt's commitment to support efforts aimed at settling the Syrian crisis in peaceful means, concurrently with fighting and eliminating terrorism, in order to preserve Syria’s unity, territorial integrity and stability, and fulfill the aspirations of our brotherly Syrian people.