April 7, 2017 / 1:41 PM / in 4 months

Egypt calls on U.S. and Russia to contain the conflict in Syria

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt has called on the United States and Russia to contain the conflict in Syria and reach a comprehensive solution, a statement from the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

The United States fired cruise missiles earlier on Friday at a Syrian base from which President Donald Trump said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched, marking the first direct U.S. assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war.

"Egypt calls on the United States and Russia to move effectively on the basis of international legitimacy resolutions, and the capabilities of both countries, to contain the conflict and reach a comprehensive and final solution to the Syrian crisis," the statement said.

Reporting by Asma Alsharif; editing by Andrew Roche

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