Cairo, 14 March 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry met with United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen at the Foreign Ministry headquarters on Monday.

During the meeting, Egypt and the UN focused on the continued coordination for advancing the “political solution in Syria and alleviating the suffering of Syrian brotherly people.”

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry pledged Egypt’s full support for Pedersen’s efforts to bring peace to Syria, and they agreed to continue their consultations and coordination.

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He highlighted the importance of reviving the political process in Syria, within the framework of Egypt’s desire to resolve the crises as soon as possible in accordance with International resolutions.

Further, the Egyptian Minister also briefed the UN envoys about aid and support to Syria after the devastating earthquakes that hit the country in February.

Notably, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry visited Syria in February following the devastating earthquakes, to convey a solidarity message from Egypt to Syria and its people.

It was the first visit of the Egyptian Foreign Minister to Syria since the civil war started in 2011. During the visit to Damascus, he affirmed that Egypt provided more than 1,500 tons of aid to Syria after the devastating earthquake.

Arab League talks with UN Special Envoy

In an earlier meeting with the Egyptian Foreign Minister, the UN Special Envoy for Syria met with the Arab League’s Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

Talks with UN Special Envoy for Syria focused on the framework of ongoing consultations and development in Syria. Aboul Gheit and Pedersen emphasized the importance of continuing efforts to break the political stalemate in the Syrian crisis.

Furthermore, Arab League’s Spokesperson Jamal Rushdi when asked about Syria’s return to the League by a reporter during a news briefing, replied, it is too early to talk about that happening.