President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif met with the French special envoy to Syria, Franck Gellet, to discuss the latest developments in the political process and the situation on the ground in Syria.
The two sides stressed to the need to restart the political process to reach a just political solution in accordance with UN resolutions, most importantly of the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UNSC resolution 2254.
The two sides also reaffirmed the close, friendly relations between the Syrian and French peoples as well as the Syrian people's rights to freedom and dignity.
Seif stressed the importance of Europe’s role in pushing the political process forward as he underscored that any solution cannot be reached with Assad and his clique in power.
For his part, Gellet stressed that there will be no stability in Syria without a just international political solution. He reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the Syrian opposition and its positions at the international level. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Coalition’s media department Ahmed Ramadan said that the Russian intervention in Syria is aimed at changing the demographic landscape in the country, expanding its control and influence in the largest possible area, and weakening the political and military opposition.
"The fight against terrorism was only a pretext to attack Syria," Ramadan said in an interview with Geroun News Network. "Moscow has not provided evidence of the death of a single senior terrorist figure in the airstrikes it is launching in Syria."
Ramadan stressed that the Russian airstrikes on the rebel-held areas have already claimed the lives of hundreds of Syrian civilians.
"Moscow's strategy is to use the fight against terrorism to achieve political gains as evidenced by the targeting of the Free Syrian Army during the battles against the ISIS extremist group,” Ramadan added.
Ramadan went on to say that “Russia exploits the Syrian conflict to achieve political gains in other parts of the world thus restoring its past glories. In the long run, Russia will pay a heavy price for its actions in Syria as it has become an occupying country in the eyes of the Syrian people.”
“The international community will not allow the Russians to act freely in Syria forever. Russia is fully aware of this, so it is now seeking to reach a quick settlement. It is also aware that it does not have a lot of cards to play and prompt the other parties, especially the United States, to make big concessions." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)