Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr (C), Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi (R) and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attend a press conference in Cairo, capital of Egypt, Sept. 17, 2012. The foreign ministers of Egypt, Turkey and Iran met in Cairo on Monday to discuss solutions to the Syrian crisis on both political and humanitarian fronts. (Xinhua/Amru Salahuddien)
CAIRO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The quartet committee on Syria kicked off its first meeting at the foreign ministerial level on Monday at Egypt's Foreign Ministry in Cairo, state media reported.
The meeting was attended by Egypt, Turkey and Iran for talks on the Syrian crisis. Saudi Arabia, the fourth member of the group, is not present at the meeting.
"The meeting is held in light of Egypt's moves to deal with the deterioration of the political and humanitarian situation in Syria, " official news agency MENA quoted Egypt's Foreign Ministry spokesman Nazeih al-Nagary as saying.
According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry early Monday, Egypt will focus during the meeting on an immediate end to the violence, maintaining the Syrian unity and safety of its lands, and rejecting foreign military intervention and the necessity to launch a political operation by the participation of all Syrian parties to achieve the Syrian people's aspirations in democracy, freedom, and dignity in a multi-democratic system.
The committee seeks coordination with other positive participants to work out a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, added Nagary.
CAIRO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- The visiting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called for solving the Syrian crisis regionally without foreign intervention, Egypt's state media reported on Monday.
Davutoglu expressed optimism for the "contact group" over Syria to start its working procedures, official news agency MENA quoted him as saying at a press conference following his meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Full story
CAIRO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi said Monday night that Iran's stance has never changed regarding the Syrian issue, which supports a domestic solution to the Syrian crisis and opposes any foreign intervention.
Salehi stressed at a press conference here after discussing the issue with his Egyptian and Turkish counterparts that the Syrian crisis should be solved from within Syria, a way that he dubbed a "Syria-Syria solution", while adding that "we cannot seek to impose a solution forcefully on Syria." Full story