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Egypt ‘has no condition’ for Syria’s Arab League return

March 20, 2019 at 9:42 pm

Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Abul-Gheit [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu]

Egypt has no conditions for restoring Syria’s membership in the Arab League, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri said on Wednesday.

“Egypt has no condition for Syria’s return to the Arab League,” Shoukri said in response to a question during a visit to Oman, according to the official Omani news agency.

“Cairo and Damascus have strong relations,” he said.

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Anadolu Agency could not get comments from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Shoukri’s comments.

Syria’s membership in the Cairo-based league has been suspended since 2011, when the Bashar al-Assad regime launched a harsh crackdown on pro-democracy protests, sparking eight years of civil war.

Last month, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Abul-Gheit said there was no consensus among member states on Syria’s return to the pan-Arab body.

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