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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry received on January 2nd a delegation including the members of the Presidential Office of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee, headed by Dr. Nasr al-Hariri, to discuss the latest developments of the Syrian crisis and to coordinate efforts in support of the political path to resolve the crisis. This extensive meeting, attended by members of the Syrian Opposition Cairo Group, is the first of its kind since the formation of the Committee and the unification of the Syrian opposition in November 2017.
The Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Counselor Ahmed Abu Zeid, said the High Negotiations Committee and its head expressed to Foreign Minister their sincere appreciation for having invited them and receiving them in Cairo, stressing that they were keen to involve all the members of the Presidential Office in this meeting, in recognition of the pivotal role played by Egypt in forming a unified negotiations delegation from all Syrian opposition groups. They also praised Egypt's important and balanced role vis-à-vis the Syrian crisis since its outbreak at both the political and humanitarian levels, as well as its contribution in setting up a number of de-escalation zones.
Abu Zeid added that, for his part, Minister Shoukry affirmed Egypt’s steadfast stance in support of the political solution in Syria, so as to preserve the unity and integrity of the Syrian state and institutions, and to fulfill the aspirations of the Syrian people which is still suffering from the scourge of infighting and destruction. In this context, Shoukry outlined the need to resume the ongoing negotiations under the UN auspices in Geneva according to the Essential Principles of a Political Solution in Syria, mainly UNSCR 2254, while welcoming any other initiatives put forward as long as they are in line with this framework.
Shoukry also praised the seriousness and good organization of the Syrian Opposition delegation after its reunification during the recent rounds of Geneva Talks, as it actually represents a wider spectrum of Syrian political forces and parties. Finally, they agreed to continue consulting and coordinating on the next phase merits. Foreign Minister also expressed Egypt’s aspiration for achieving progress in the political process in the coming period, calling on all the Syrian stakeholders and parties to the crisis to hold their responsibilities in this regard, and to support the unified negotiations delegation.