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Syria: Bomb attack in al-Mleiha
Syria: Bomb attack in al-Mleiha

Damascus, Syria: Bomb blast kills several Syrians in the capital.

While another bomb blast has rocked the Syrian capital Damascus today. The terrorist act caused the death of several people and wounded further civilians in Damascus, the Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi has underlined the fact that Syria is facing „fighters” who mainly came from abroad in a new statement in regards of the conflict in the Arab country and the call for a political solution to the Syrian crisis.


According to the Syrian state TV, there is no final death toll available in terms of the bomb blast in Damascus and it is not yet exactly known in which district the explosion has taken place in Syria’s capital until now. (Update: Five civilians were killed (so far…) and the bomb blast took place in the neighbourhood of al-Tadamun.)

However, it is tragic that the foreign-backed terrorists are still able to perpetrate such bomb attacks and acts of terrorism against Syrian civilians.

At least, the increase of bomb blasts could serve as a sign that the foreign-supported terrorists and armed jihadists of the Al-Qaeda-linked “brigades” lose more and more ground against the units of the Syrian Army in the Arab country and thus, they rely again on an increase of such terrorist acts like bomb blasts against civilians in Syria’s capital Damascus and nearby towns and villages.

While the Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Qazanfar Roknabadi, has met with his Egyptian counterpart Ashraf Hamdy in order to talk about the regional developments, the situation in both countries and also about the situation in and around Syria, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry published a new statement regarding the Syrian conflict and the stance of Egypt in terms of Syria and the regional developments.

The both Ambassadors from Iran and Egypt said during their meeting that there is an important need for accelerating the efforts by the international community to urge all sides, which are involved in the conflict and crisis in Syria, to launch negotiations and to hold comprehensive national dialogues in order to find a political and peaceful settlement for the Syrian conflict.

Both Ambassadors from Egypt and the Islamic Republic of Iran have stated that they reject any kind of military intervention in Syria and that their government at home fully supports the finding of a peaceful solution to the Syrian conflict.

Of course, the Iranian Ambassador to Beirut, Qazanfar Roknabadi, and the Egyptian envoy in Lebanon, Ashraf Hamdy, also stressed that both sides hope that the bilateral relations and the cooperation between Cairo and Tehran will increase in all fields in a near future and that both sides benefit from each other and the expansion of the bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Egypt.

In the meantime, as mentioned, the Egyptian Foreign Minister has published a new statement in regards of the conflict in Syria and the developments in the Middle East. The Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi said in this new statement on Syria that Syria is facing “fighters” who have mostly come from foreign countries. The Foreign Minister of Egypt then described this situation as an pure “dilemma.”

Nabil Fahmi, the current Foreign Minister in Cairo, has warned against the dangerous repercussions for the Middle East in the event of the downfall of the Syrian state and when this might really happen, because dividing Syria is like the separation of the Middle East.

Bomb attack in Damascus
Bomb attack in Damascus (Archive)

The Foreign Minister said in the new statement that the conflict and crisis in Syria has already become an important geopolitical issue and that “therefore, the collapse of the Syrian state, if we got to that degree of tragedy, would have an impact in and beyond the East and in the gulf, as it may extend even to the Egyptian interests.”

He added that he does not think that there is a quick solution to the conflict in Syria and that he is not able to see any solution to the Syrian conflict without “a big deal”. Thus, according to the Egyptian Foreign Minister, the resolving of the conflict and crisis in Syria will take time and it is not to foresee how long it will last to find a real political and peaceful solution to the conflict in this important Arab country.

Egypt’s Foreign Minister also urged caution in regards of Syria and said that any attempt to divide Syria would mean “dividing the entire Middle East in a similar way to the first Sykes-Picot”.

The Sykes–Picot Agreement (Asia Minor Agreement) was a secret deal between France and Britain with the approval of Russia during the World War I. The Sykes–Picot Agreement (Asia Minor Agreement) was concluded in 1916 and led to the separation of Arab provinces. The rest is already history, while the Sykes–Picot Agreement (Asia Minor Agreement) and the separation of the Middle East is actually one of the reasons, certainly one of the key reasons, for the ongoing problems and conflicts.

The Foreign Minister from Cairo added in the statement that he is not really convinced that a solution to the conflict and crisis in Syria would be close, however, he has hopes to accelerate the finding of a political solution to Syria by the holding of the international peace conference on the Syrian conflict in Geneva (Geneva-II), which should happen as soon as possible in order to accelerate everything and to help the people in Syria.

Nabil Fahmi added in the statement that such “big deals” need many balances and the involvement of many sides and parties. However, the last weeks have shown, according to Fahmi, that the international players have now “favoured their priorities over those of the regional states” and this is reminiscent of former events.