Egypt to host meeting of Syrian opposition factions: Foreign Ministry  
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - AP/Amr Nabil

CAIRO: Egypt will host a meeting for Syrian opposition factions to allow them to discuss ways of finding a “political solution” to end the 4-year-old Syrian Civil War, according to Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty in a Sunday evening statement.

Abdel Atty also denied earlier media reports claiming Egypt had offered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and figures in his regime sanctuary in Cairo in a bid to end the conflict.

Egypt’s aim is to see conflicting Syrian parties reach a unified solution without any foreign interference, Abdel Atty added in remarks to State-owned Nile News, noting that a non-government center will host the meeting.

The timing of the meeting has not been determined yet, Abdel Atty told The Cairo Post Monday, and he declined to reveal the location of the meeting.

On Dec. 17, a five-member Syrian delegation headed by Syrian Naval Academy President and Assad cousin Imad al-Assad met with Egyptian officials to discuss the political situation in Syria.

“Egypt certainly has a vision for resolving the Syrian issue, but there is no such initiative in this regard,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry was quoted as saying by Al-Arabiya on Dec. 16.

In June 2013, former President Mohamed Morsi cut off diplomatic relations with Syria and closed the Syrian embassy in Egypt, and despite a regime change in Cairo, the government of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi has yet to restart official diplomatic relations with Damascus.

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