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Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohammed Amr will participate in a meeting of the key countries supporting the Syrian opposition to be held in Amman, Jordan on May 22. He will take the meeting as an opportunity to reaffirm Egypt's stance on the Syrian crisis has not changed.
According to Cairo, there is need to strongly reject a number of media reports which said Egypt shifted its position regarding Syria. Mr. Amr said Egypt still stands by the Syrian people's side and supports a "political process leading to a safe and orderly transfer of power maintaining the Syrian integrity (...) while ensuring exclusion of Bashar al-Assad and his close associates from the equation of power in Syria."
Like its close international partners, Saudi Arabia and the United States in particular, Egypt fears that a prolonged conflict in Syria could plunge the whole region into a long-term period of instability that could potentially put the Revolution's achievements at risk, chiefly because it would gravely impact regional trade, finance and international investment that Egypt desperately needs. That's why Egypt has responded "to the efforts of the Arab League and other organizations concerned to (...) launch a transitional period leading to a government with full powers that lays the foundation for a new Syria," said Mr. Amr.
Indeed, DiploNews said, official statements over the last few months corroborate Mr. Amr's assertion that Egypt has clearly taken sides. Egypt still hosts the headquarters of the National Coalition for the Revolutionary and Opposition forces in Cairo, and it has brought active support to them through the Group of Friends of the Syrian People. Furthermore, Egypt is currently "hosting tens of thousands of Syrian brothers and sisters who we do not deal with as refugees but as guests living among their kins," explained Mr. Amr. Welcoming the recent understanding between the United States and Russia on planning an international conference, Egypt once again termed the actions of the Syrian regime as "crimes".
The Amman meeting, aimed at preparing for an International Conference on Syria, will also be attended by Foreign Ministers of Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the United States, Britain, France, Germany and Italy. All these countries strongly oppose Bashar al-Assad's regime, and Egypt is working with them, looking for a solution "to stop the bloodshed and end the Syrian crisis."
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