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Egyptian Foreign Minister to Take Part in Syria Talks in Lausanne

© AP Photo / Petros KaradjiasEgyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, speaks to the media after a meeting with Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Greek foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, speaks to the media after a meeting with Cyprus' foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides and Greek foreign minister Evangelos Venizelos at the foreign ministry in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014 - Sputnik International
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Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will take part in the Saturday ministerial talks on Syria in Lausanne, Switzerland, Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said.

CAIRO (Sputnik) – He added that Shoukry was invited to take part in the Lausanne talks by US Secretary of State John Kerry, who highlighted the importance of Egyptian participation in the meeting due to the key role that Cairo plays in the Syrian settlement process.

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"A decision has been made on the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in this meeting," the spokesman said in a statement.

Apart from the United States and Egypt, other countries that are expected to take part in the Lausanne talks include Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The talks will focus on the issue of reviving the ceasefire in civil-war-torn Syria.

A source in the Russian delegation told journalists in the early hours of Saturday that Lavrov had already arrived in Switzerland.

According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Moscow does not have any substantial expectations for the meeting, but Russia will offer particular steps for implementing the UN Security Council resolution on Syria.

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