Egypt rejects military action on Syria

A relative crying over the body of one of his family members killed during alleged chemical attack near Damascus on August 23, 2013.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy says his country opposes foreign military intervention as a solution to the Syrian unrest, saying political solution is the only key to the ongoing crisis in the Arab country.

Å“Egypt rejects military intervention in Syria, as we believe a political solution is the only way out for the crisis there,” Fahmy told a press conference in Cairo on Tuesday.

Referring to an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital, Damascus, Fahmy said, Å“Egypt condemns the use of chemical weapons, not only in Syria. We strongly refute it regardless of whoever uses such weapons against civilians.”

Å“Accountability should be based on accurate information, in order to determine who is responsible for the chemical attack in Ghouta,” the Egyptian foreign minister added.

On August 21, the militants operating inside Syria and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition claimed that 1,300 people had been killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.

A number of Western countries, including the US, France, and the UK, were quick to adopt the rhetoric of war against Syria despite the fact that Damascus categorically rejected the baseless claim, and announced later that the chemical attack had actually been carried out by the militants themselves as a false flag operation.

Meanwhile, Russia urged the West not to jump to conclusions on the chemical weapons attack, and await the findings of a UN inspection team investigating the area in Damascus suburbs, where the alleged attack took place.

Turmoil has gripped Syria for more than two years now.

The United Nations says more than 100,000 people have been killed and a total of 7.8 million displaced due to the foreign-backed militancy in Syria.

Over 1.8 million of the displaced Syrians are living in neighboring countries, mainly in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

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Republished from: Press TV