Egypt, Saudi Arabia reject military operations against Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria (North Press)— The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both Saudi Arabia and Egypt stressed on their rejection of threats to launch military offensives that harm Syrian lands and intimidate the Syrian people.

This came in a joint statement following a meeting between the minister of Egypt’s Foreign Affairs, SamehShoukry and his Saudi counterpart Faisal bin Farhan, in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

According to the statement, the two sides agreed on the necessity to support efforts of preserving Syria’s independence and territorial unity. They also supported backing efforts to combat terrorism in Syria, ensuring the return of refugees and displaced persons, and reaching a political settlement to the conflict in line with the UN resolution 2254, which puts the roadmap for a political transition in the country.

The statement also necessitated the issue of advancing the political process in Syria via intra-Syrian negotiations under the sponsorship of the UN envoy.

Both sides stressed on their rejection of any attempts by regional parties to interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries, to threaten their stability and to undermine the interests of their peoples.

Since May 2022, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly made threats to launch a ground offensive into northern Syria to push away the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which he claims are a threat to his country’s national security.

The two ministers also talked about strengthening bilateral relations and economic cooperation.

 Reporting by Muhammad al-Qadi