Egyptian, Syrian foreign ministers meet in New York

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – In a statement, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that its Minister, Sameh Shoukry met his Syrian counterpart, Faisal Mekdad, on Friday, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meetings in New York.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry stated that the two sides “discussed ways to end the Syrian crisis.”

While the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Expatriates said in a statement that the meeting discussed developments related to the crisis in Syria and the importance of concerted efforts to solve it.

This meeting is the first of its kind since the Syrian government’s membership in the Arab League was suspended in 2011, while the Egyptian Minister is the fifth Arab minister to meet Mekdad in New York, after his counterparts from Mauritania, Jordan, Oman and Iraq.

In November 2011, the Arab League decided to suspend the membership of Syria due to the ongoing war in Syria.

Yesterday, on Friday, the Iraqi President, Barham Salih, said, during his speech before the UN General Assembly that “the time has come for serious move to end the suffering of the Syrians.”

In the context of international calls for putting an end to the Syrian crisis, the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ayman Safadi said on September 22, “The humanitarian disaster in Syria must end.”

He noted to the need to find a political solution “that preserves Syria’s unity and stability, restores its role in the region, creates conditions for the return of Syrian refugees, and liberates the country of terrorism.”

On September 23, Faisal Mekdad met with the Russian and Jordanian Ministers of Foreign Affairs in New York on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

Reporting by Muhammad al-Qadi