MINSK (Sputnik) — Cairo supports the Syrian crisis' settlement by peaceful means and supports the Geneva peace process as a viable solution, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Monday.
"Egypt promotes the idea that a military solution is impossible in order to bring back stability to the region. This can only happen through dialogue, negotiations, political process… As for Syria, Egypt’s participation is connected with the support, consolidation of the Syrian national opposition, continuation of the dialogue through all channels, encouraging all parties, including the Syrian government, in order to hold talks under the auspices of the United Nations and adhere to the Geneva process," Shoukry said during his visit to Minsk, Belarus.
"Syria needs to be preserved, its territorial integrity is important, its [government] institutions must be preserved to take over responsibility for the provision of services [for the population], to restore Syria for the benefit of its people, to [help] return those [residents] who left it, and to fight against terrorist organizations," Shoukry stressed.
Since 2011, Syria has been enmeshed in a conflict between the government and armed opposition, exacerbated by the attempts of terrorist groups, such as Daesh (banned in Russia), to seize the country's territory. Several rounds of talks have been held in Geneva and Astana to help facilitate political reconciliation.