Cairo, Moscow say success of Geneva II necessary

Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy met on Wednesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Switzerland’s Montreux on the sidelines of the UN-sponsored Geneva II peace conference.

The conference aims at reaching a peaceful solution in Syria's ongoing conflict. 

“The two ministers agreed on trying to make the conference a success and helping both the Syrian government and the opposition move toward a political resolution that puts an end to the bloodshed in Syria by applying what was agreed upon in the Geneva I conference," Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Badr Abdel Aaty said in a statement.

The Geneva II meeting kicked off on Wednesday with 40 delegations heads present, most who are foreign ministers.

They are working on finding a solution for the ongoing Syrian crisis that erupted in 2011 when protests demanding the ouster of Syrian Leader Bashar al-Assad were suppressed, leading to a bloody conflict.

More than 130,000 have been killed to date as a result of the struggle.


Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


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