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Cairo consults with Syrian government to ensure delivery of humanitarian aid

Russia expressed concerns over Turkish attacks, saying such acts will increase tension between both countries

Egypt is concerned over the humanitarian situation in Syria and Cairo is consulting with the Syrian government in Damascus to ensure the delivery of the humanitarian aid, Egypt’s ambassador to the UN, Amr Ramadan, said Friday.

During the meeting of the UN work group responsible for the delivery of the aid, formed after the Munich conference, Ramadan said they managed to help the organisations on the ground deliver aid to more besieged cities.

The situation in Syria is made worse by the Turkish bombardment of the targets controlled by the Kurds inside Syria. Russia expressed concerns over the Turkish attacks and said such acts will increase tension between both countries.

“Generally, Russia sees such attacks on Syrian territories through borders as unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesperson Dimitry Peschov said.

Saudi foreign minister Adel Al-Jubair said the moderate opposition must be armed by Surface to Air Missiles (SAM) to “neutralise the regime’s military jets”. In an interview with the German Der Spiegel newspaper, he  urged Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad to resign, saying that “otherwise the war will keep going”.

He confirmed that Riyadh is still ready to support the US coalition by ground troops to fight “Islamic State” (IS) in Syria.

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said Wednesday that Egypt will not hesitate to send troops to the Gulf if needed, or if they faced a “direct attack”, according to a statement released by the presidency.

During a meeting with Kuwaiti journalists, Al-Sisi affirmed that Egypt will not interfere in Syrian affairs and that his country supports a political solution to the Syrian crisis.

“Egypt does not interfere in the affairs of other countries … but it is capable of repelling any assault … on it or on its brothers,” Al- Sisi said, noting that Egypt attacked IS locations in Libya only when the terror groups killed Egyptians, which was an exceptional operation.

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