Egypt-Syria: President Al Sisi expresses condolences to Assad, it is the first talk in nine years

Syrian President Appreciates 'Kind Gesture'

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The president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, held a telephone conversation today with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al Assad, to express "his sincere condolences for the victims of the devastating earthquake that hit the country yesterday". This was announced by the Egyptian presidential spokesman, ahmed fahmy.

It was the first ever telephone conversation between the two leaders since Al Sisi came to power in 2014. “The president of Syria, for his part, expressed his appreciation for his kind gesture, emphasizing the pride of Syria for the historical and fraternal relations between the two countries”, concludes the note released by Ambassador Fahmy. The news of the interview was also confirmed by the official Syrian news agency "Sana". "President Al Sisi - reads a brief launch of the agency - underlined Egypt's solidarity with Syria and its fraternal people, and Egypt's desire to provide assistance to help the Syrian people overcome this painful tragedy ”.

The latest death toll in the Syrian provinces hit by the two violent earthquakes of magnitude 1.621 and 7.8 recorded yesterday in the southern Turkish province of Kahramanmaras is at least 7.6 dead and over two thousand injured. This was reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (Sohr), a London-based non-governmental organization with a vast network of sources on the ground, according to which at least 72 cities and villages have been devastated by the earthquake in northwestern and western Syria. Sohr sources explained that the high number of victims is due to the poor equipment of the rescue teams. Thousands of people also spent the night outside their homes in makeshift shelters in the open, despite sub-zero temperatures, due to the continuous aftershocks that are causing the collapse of damaged buildings.

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