(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The Egyptian Foreign Ministry announced that Cairo will host a meeting of Iran, Egypt, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to discuss the latest developments in Syria and find a solution to the Syrian crisis.
The ministry announced that the meeting will be held in the next few days.
The four states are likely to discuss ways of finding a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis based on Iran and Egypt's joint initiative on Syria.
The initial consultations on the initiative were held on the sidelines of the 16th Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Tehran late in August.
During the summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which was held on August 14-15 in Mecca, Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi had proposed the formation of the contact group on the situation in Syria, saying that the group should include his country as well as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
In August, Spokesman of Egypt's Presidential Office Yasser Ali dismissed the US allegations about Iran's negative role in Syria, and stressed that the Islamic Republic, as an influential partner of Damascus, is a reliable part of the solution to the Syrian crisis.
The spokesman underlined Iran's crucial role in the region, specially in Syria, and said Tehran should definitely be included in the Syria contact group.
"Solving the problem demands inviting all parties, active in the region," Ali said at the time, noting that Tehran was an "influential partner" of Damascus.
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
In October 2011, calm was eventually restored in the Arab state after President Assad started a reform initiative in the country, but Israel, the US and its Arab allies are seeking hard to bring the country into chaos through any possible means. Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots in the hope of increasing unrests in Syria.
February 10, 2016 - 9:08 AM