Syria’s FM visits Egypt in step towards restoring ties Lalrp



CAIRO — Syria’s chief diplomat was in Egypt on Saturday in a step towards normalizing ties between the 2 nations. It was the primary journey to the capital of Cairo for a Syrian international minister in over a decade.

International Minister Faisal Mekdad met with Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry, in line with Ahmed Abu Zaid, a spokesperson for the Egyptian international ministry.

Syria’s state-run SANA information company reported that Mekdad would talk about bilateral ties and the newest developments within the area and the world.

Mekdad’s go to comes as the 2 nations inch towards re-establishing ties. It’s been greater than a decade since Syria was globally remoted after President Bashar Assad’s brutal crackdown on mass protests towards his rule within the 2011 Arab Spring rebellion. The unrest shortly descended into protracted civil battle.

For years, many public figures in Egypt have urged the federal government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to revive ties with Assad’s authorities. Additionally they pushed for Damascus’ return to the Cairo-based Arab League.

Syria was suspended from the Arab League and different pan-Arab organizations. However lately a number of Arab nations have begun restoring ties with Assad’s authorities after it regained management over a lot of the nation, because of navy help from Iran and Russia.

A devastating earthquake that caught Turkey and Syria in February has intensified strikes to normalize ties with Syria. A number of Arab nations dispatched senior officers and despatched help to indicate solidarity with Syria and Turkey.

El-Sissi spoke with Assad by cellphone after the earthquake hit and despatched Shoukry to Damascus, the place he met with Assad. Shoukry was Egypt’s most senior official to go to Syria since 2011.