ROME Foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United States, Italy, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and representatives of the League of the Arab States and the European Union met here on Monday to discuss the crisis in Syria.

Following their meeting on the sidelines of the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh (the so-called IS), the ministers in a joint statement underlined the critical importance of meeting humanitarian needs, including life-saving assistance and COVID-19 response for all Syrians in need through all modalities, including through the provision and expansion of the UN cross-border mechanism to which there is no adequate alternative, the ministers and

They also underlined the importance of continued support to Syrian refugees and host countries until Syrians can voluntarily return home with safety and dignity in line with UNHCR standards.

The ministers and representatives welcomed UN Special Envoy Geir Pedersens briefing and reaffirmed strong support for UN-led efforts to implement all aspects of UN Security Council resolution, including continued support for an immediate nation-wide ceasefire, the unimpeded and safe delivery of aid, and the Constitutional Committee, as well as fighting against terrorism?in all its forms and manifestations.

Reaffirming the unity and territorial integrity of Syria, we remain committed to continuing working actively to reach a credible, sustainable, and inclusive political solution based on the UN resolution, the statement added.

This is the only solution that will bring an end to Syrias decade-long conflict and guarantee the security of the Syrian people and fulfill their aspirations, the statement added.

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