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Citing Russian defence ministry, Israeli website says Egypt to send troops to Syria next week

Image of military vehicles and soldiers of Egyptian Armed Forces in Egypt
Image of military vehicles and soldiers of Egyptian Armed Forces in Egypt

The Russian defence ministry has reportedly announced that Egypt would send troops to Syria to observe the implementation of the truce reached between the Syrian regime’s forces and the armed opposition, according to the Israeli website Rotter.

The news website added that the Egyptian troops will arrive in Syria early next week, noting that a number of Egyptian officers had been already in Syria to pave the way for the troops’ arrival.

At the same time, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on Egypt as a partner to join his country along with Turkey and Iran in the talks on Syria’s future and the implementation of the truce, according to Rotter.

Putin spoke with the Egyptian president yesterday and promised to resume flights between Russia and Egypt soon.

Russia had decided to halt flights to Egyptian airports after a Russian plane crashed in October 2015 over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, killing all 217 passengers on board. The Metrojet flight crashed after its departure from the Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.

Rotter said that for Egypt to join the trio discussing Syria’s future would be a great Russian success, which is also interesting in light of Egypt’s tense relations with Turkey on the one hand and its relations with Iran on the other.

It will be also interesting to know the US response to this step, given that the United States and European countries are not taking part in the Syria talks, the Israeli website added.

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  • teevee

    Slowly but surely all the nations and people of the region are realizing THE only way to achieve progress and peace is that the Wahhabi must be avoided, discarded and shunned.

  • It is interesting to see what role Egypt will play in the Syrian peace process…you know, with its military numbers alone, it could have easily helped end the turbulence in Iraq with the Islamic State.