Economy grows amid the pandemic    Preview: Assar faces world champion in table tennis, swimmer Osman has chance for redemption at Tokyo Olympics    Tunisia on edge    Newsreel    Finding solutions to the GERD crisis    Myths and facts on the GERD    Facing an uphill task, Egypt's Mostafa Mohamed to start in CL game against Eindhoven    'Healthcare, not sick care'    Developing Fustat Park    Self-saucing chocolate pudding cake    Ethiopia predicts possible floods in downstream countries due to heavy rainfall    Vaccination conspiracy theories: The goofy, the sad, and the useful    Egypt's first monorail train set for administrative capital arrives in Alexandria Port    Egypt's stocks finish in green as benchmark EGX 30 adds 0.62% on Tuesday    Egypt's Banque Misr mulls committing EGP20.8 billion in joint lending    Remembering Egyptian filmmaker Youssef Chahine: The perpetual rebel    Russian delegation to visit Egypt today for Sharm al-Sheikh, Hurghada security checks    Remembering Roushdy Abaza: Egyptian silver screen's first man    Canada's Barrick Gold signs deals to explore for gold in Egypt for first time    Israeli war crimes against Palestinians apparent in Gaza war: HRW    Egypt urges agreement to adapt to climate change effects: Environment minister    Tokyo 2020 Day 4 summary: Egypt's Elsalamoney disqualified from Triathlon    Russia flights to Egypt resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh, Hurghada to resume on August 9    Orange Egypt Introduces Amazon Prime Video    Tokyo Olympics: Cautious opening ceremony, shy start for Egyptians in competitions    Mallawi Museum in Upper Egypt holds recycling workshop for children during Eid Al-Adha    Egypt keen on stable tax policies to attract more investors: Finance Minister    Niagara Falls illuminated in Egyptian flag to mark 23 July Revolution anniversary    Thanaweyya Amma exams resume after Eid Al-Adha holidays    Sudan declares state of emergency as water goes beyond Merowe Dam capacity    Capital flows into EM keep recovering after March 2020 slump: Central Bank of Egypt    1 child orphaned every 12 seconds due to COVID-19-associated death: World Bank    Egypt, Japanese Olympic Committee discuss boosting sports cooperation    US emphasises AU's role in mediating Ethiopian damdispute    Ethiopia ready to resume dam talks with no legally binding agreements: Ethiopian official    Sunken city of Thônis-Heracleion in Egypt's Abu Qir bay yields new archaeological treasures    New films, concerts, and destinations for Eid Al-Adha holidays    Egypt condemns Israeli violations of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque    Egypt, Oman discuss enhancing bilateral economic, investment relations    Al Ahly v Kaizer Chiefs: Cairo giants eye 10th CAF Champions League title    Etisalat Misr partners with Bassita to contribute to a Cleaner Nile    Egypt to receive first shipment of Pfizer, J&J vaccine doses soon – minister    Tunisia hopes to have a UN role in resolving Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute    Egypt denounces Ethiopia's move to start second filling of giant dam    APO Group enters new exclusive agreement with Getty Images on African press releases and images    On International Museum Day, Egypt opens two new museums at Cairo Airport    Egypt's Ahly is establishing a new stadium, expected to be 'sports complex'    Old Cairo's Al-Fustat will be revamped on Egyptian President's directives    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.



Shoukry ‘coordinates' with Lavrov on Syria, as Russia faces criticism for civilian deaths
Reports suggest Russia struck civilian targets in northern Homs
Published in Daily News Egypt on 10 - 10 - 2015

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov to "coordinate" over the Syrian crisis, as Russia's military involvement in the conflict continues to garner criticism.
The two ministers agreed on the importance of reaching a political settlement to the Syrian crisis, and "to encourage the parties to engage in dialogue in accordance with the plan put forward by the UN envoy on the basis of the decisions of the Geneva meeting".
However, Russia's militarily involvement in Syria has widely been interpreted as a move to bolster the beleaguered regime of Bashar Al-Assad by striking rebels backed by the United States and others.
Despite public assurances from Vladimir Putin that the target of Russian attacks are "Islamic State" targets, critics, including the US, are maintaining that moderate rebels are being struck.
Its operations have faced fresh criticisms Friday, as reports of significant civilian deaths have emerged. Human Rights Watch research suggests that at least 17 civilians in Talbiseh in northern Homs were killed by Russian airstrikes on 30 September, a town far from any military targets.
An additional 17 civilian deaths have also been reported in a neighbouring town. The prominent NGO notes that failure to take adequate care to avoid civilian deaths constitutes a breach of international law and may constitute a war crime.
"Now Syrian civilians may have to worry about Russian attacks even when they are in neighbourhoods without apparent military targets," said HRW's Deputy Middle East Director Nadim Houry. "Russia's priority should be to protect civilians in Syria and take all possible precautions to avoid harming them."
Egypt is publicly backing the Russian military intervention in Syria, which it says will curb the spread of terrorism in the war-torn country and encourage a political resolution – despite the policy being a direct challenge to the involvement of close-ally Saudi Arabia, who has been supporting rebels in the conflict.
On more than one occasion, in recent months, Egyptian officials have met with Syrian government delegations for talks, including regarding responses to ‘terrorism'.
Shoukry previously said he is in "constant contact" with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, as relations between Egypt and Russia improve. In June, the two countries held their first-ever joint naval exercise.
"Egypt, actually like most of the international states involved in Syria besides Saudi Arabia, is keen to avoid a Saddam Hussein-style collapse of the state," says Amr Adly, a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center told Daily News Egypt last Sunday. "It wants to keep a core of the Syrian state, from which it can incorporate elites in a kind of more pluralistic government."
However, Adly acknowledged that Egypt's attitude towards the Syrian conflict is likely to remain rhetorical, as "it cannot afford, economically or politically, to send its troops abroad to fight in conflicts that are distant from local developments".


Clic here to read the story from its source.