President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif and an accompanying delegation on Thursday met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and advisor and Undersecretary in the Turkish foreign ministry Umit Yalcin.
The Coalition’s delegation included Vice-presidents Abdul Rahman Mustafa and Salwa Aktaw, Secretary-General Nazir Alhakim, and member of the political committee Hawass Saadoun.
The two parties discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, while Seif thanked the Turkish leadership and the Turkish people for supporting the Syrian people’s struggle for freedom and dignity.
Seif outlined the vision of the Coalition’s new presidential body for the next phase and gave an overview of the projects the Syrian interim government is working to implement in the liberated areas. He praised the cooperation shown by all Turkish government institutions in facilitating these projects and working with the interim government staff.
The two sides also discussed the facilitation of procedures of some issues involving Syrian refugees in Turkey, most importantly the issue of the travel visas, residencies, and education.
For his part, Cavusoglu congratulated the Coalition’s new presidential body for winning the confidence of the Syrian Coalition as he affirmed his country's support for the legitimate rights of the Syrian people and its keenness to preserve the unity of Syria.
Turkey’s top diplomat also reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the delegation of the Syrian opposition in the Geneva negotiations. He pointed to the need for greater cooperation and coordination between the political and military opposition, especially between the Syrian Coalition and the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Alhakim stressed that Iran cannot play the role of a guarantor in Syria as it is aiding and abetting the Assad regime in its war on the Syrian people.
Alhakim also said that the Assad regime’s international backer, Russia, proclaimed itself a guarantor of the latest Astana agreement; however, it has so far failed to prove its credibility and stop the Assad regime’s crimes.
Alhakim made these remarks during a meeting with Undersecretary in the Spanish Embassy in Turkey Jose Luis Santos on Friday. Both sides discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria.
Alhakim noted that the Coalition and its presidential body entertain hope in the upcoming round of negotiations in Geneva and the role of Turkey, the Arab countries, the United States, and the European Union, adding that these countries "should play a more effective role in Syria.” The two sides expressed support for the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee and its negotiating delegation to Geneva.
The two sides also discussed the role Spain can play in building a new Syria and in responding to the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people. Alhakim stressed all support for the Syrian people need to be channeled through the Syrian Coalition and its institutions, namely the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU).
The meeting also agreed that the SIG and ACU will submit a number of plans for development projects to the Spanish government to secure funding for these projects.
For his part, Santos congratulated the Secretary-General and the new presidential body for winning the confidence of the Syrian Coalition as he stressed the important role of the Coalition in leading the current phase of the revolution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)