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G7 Urges Political Solution to Syrian Conflict: Blinken

G7 Urges Political Solution to Syrian Conflict: Blinken

Thursday, 6 May, 2021 - 08:15
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken | Photo: EPA

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced that the G7 renewed its support for a political solution to the decade-long conflict in Syria.

Blinken is on a visit to London to participate in the G20 foreign ministers’ meetings.

“My G7 counterparts and I reaffirmed our commitment to a political resolution for ending the conflict in Syria and support to the reauthorization of the UN cross-border aid mechanism. We’ll continue working to advance all aspects of UNSCR 2254 and end the suffering of Syrians," he tweeted on Tuesday.

UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which was issued on Dec. 18, 2015, calls for a ceasefire and a political settlement in Syria.

Blinken’s statements concur with preparations for the presidential elections in Syria, scheduled on the 26th of this month.

Bashar al-Assad, who has been running the country since 2000, is more likely to win the elections.

The presidential elections will occur, amid a political and military crisis that has been ongoing since 2011.

On another note, Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein stressed the importance of uniting international efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria, “due to its direct impact on security and regional stability including Iraq.”

During a phone call with his Belgian counterpart Sophie Wilmè, the two sides discussed issues of common interest.

They also addressed the humanitarian situation of families in Al-Hol camp in Syria and discussed mechanisms to prevent ISIS from breaking through the camps of displaced people and promoting its terrorist ideology.

Notably, Iraq is among the few Arab countries that maintained strong ties with Syria after suspending its membership at the Arab League (AL).

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