Egypt’s FM heads to Russia to talk Syrian crisis in mid March
Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7

CAIRO: Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will head to Russia in mid-march to discuss the crisis in Syria, announced Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid Tuesday.

In an interview with Russian agency Sputnik, Abu Zeid said that Egypt is in contact with the Russian side to determine a fixed time for the expected meeting.

The meeting comes after a truce between Bashar al-Assad’s military troops and the opposition. Both the U.S. and Russia announced the truce last week in Saudi Arabia.

In a statement, the Syrian government announced its acceptance of the cease-fire, noting that military operations against the Islamic State group militants would continue. A Syrian official from the government added in the statement that there would be coordination with Russia to determine the locations where the cease-fire would be applied.

Egypt has praised the cessation of hostilities in Syria, which was jointly announced by the United States and Russia, saying it is “an important and necessary step in the interest of the Syrian people.”

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