CAIRO: Egypt will host a conference for Syrian opposition in June 8 and 9 under the supervision of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA.)
“The conference will witness much wider participation from Syrian opposition to end the crisis peacefully and stop the bloodshed as well as respecting the will of the Syrian people to change but without causing any harm to state institutions,” Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty said in a statement Saturday.
In January, a similar conference was also held in Cairo between different Syrian opposition entities; most notably the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution, in which they agreed upon re-meeting in Cairo again but in presence of more different political groups.
On Dec. 17, a five-member Syrian delegation, headed by Syrian Naval Academy President and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s 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 by Al-Arabiya.
In June 2013, ousted President Mohamed Morsi has announced that Egypt is cutting off diplomatic relations with Syria and has ordered the Syrian Embassy in Cairo to be closed.
Egypt’s diplomatic relations with Syria remain severed almost a year after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s inauguration in June 2014.
More than 100,000 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011, according to United Nations figures.