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    Egyptian Foreign Ministry dismissed media reports that Cairo sent troops to Syria, according to official statement of ministry spokesman.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Egypt denied on Sunday having sent troops to Syria and reaffirmed its commitment to respect other nations’ sovereignty, in a statement attributed to its Foreign Ministry spokesman.

    "Some Arab newspapers reported about Egyptian military presence in Syria," the statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page read. "Egypt is committed to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries."

    The spokesman stressed there existed constitutional procedures on foreign deployment that Egypt had to follow. "And those actions cannot be taken secretly without informing the Egyptian people about their objectives," he added.

    Egyptian military has been accused of sending troops to the aid of the embattled Syrian government. Many Arab Gulf states support opposition forces in Syria. A Russian government spokesman said earlier this month he could not confirm reports that Egyptian soldiers were present in Syria.


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