CAIRO: The intervention in Syria will have an impact on “confining and eliminating terrorism,” Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry told Al-Arabiya channel Saturday.
“The information available to Egypt through direct contact with the Russian side affirm Russia’s eagerness to counter terrorism and confine its sprawling in Syria and that the reason for its intervention is a fatal blow to Da’ish,[the Islamic State group]” Shoukry told the Saudi channel.
Military operations are just one aspect of “countering terrorism,” Shoukry noted, adding that “enacting the role of the youth” in their communities and supporting their production also counters “terrorism.
Russia’s recently launched strikes in Syria have raised concerns among the countries in the international coalition fighting IS. Moscow has been seen as a staunch ally of the Assad regime, which many western countries believe should step down in order to end the war that has lasted for more than four years.
The coalition recently called on Russia to cease targeting civilians and the Syrian opposition, an accusation that the Kremlin denies.