Egypt’s Sisi likely to meet Syria’s Assad in April – Middle East Monitor

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is likely to meet his Syrian counterpart Bashar Al-Assad at the end of April, Wall Street Journal report on Saturday, says Anadolu Agency.

The US newspaper, citing informed sources, said that Cairo and Damascus are “advancing discussions” to restore diplomatic ties and hold a high-level meeting between the two countries.

The Sisi-Assad meeting might take place after the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the end of April, the day said.

The date and place of the meeting were not mentioned.

Egyptian and Syrian authorities have not commented on the report.

On Saturday, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad held talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo, the first such visit in more than a decade.

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A statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that both sides agreed to intensify communication channels between the two countries in order to address issues and topics of interest to both states.

Mekdad’s visit was the first to Egypt since Syria’s membership of the Cairo-based Arab League was suspended in November 2011 following the regime’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protests.

The Syrian regime has exchanged official visits with several Arab countries in recent years amid reports of a possible resumption of Syria’s membership in the Arab League.

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