President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif stressed the need for the European Union to support the political process in the upcoming round of Geneva negotiations to help achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity and to overthrow the dictatorial Assad regime.
Seif was speaking during a meeting between the Coalition’s political committee and Christian Berger, Head of the European Union delegation to Turkey, at the headquarters of the Coalition in Istanbul on Saturday.
Seif urged continued humanitarian support by the EU to the Syrian people and to the projects being developed by the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) to provide services to the civilian population.
Seif pointed to plans by the Syrian Coalition to improve its performance and gain greater confidence of the Syrian people through reforming its institutions. He added that this requires greater support from friendly countries, especially the European Union. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir al-Hakim reiterated support for the Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee, praising its role in the management of the affairs of Syrian pilgrims.
Speaking during a meeting with members of the Committee at the headquarters of the Syrian Coalition in Istanbul on Saturday, Hakim said that the Coalition is avidly seeking to provide more services to the Syrian people in Syria and abroad through its institutions, committees, and the Syrian Interim Government (SIG).
The Secretary-General pointed out that the Committee should increase its efforts to handle more applications by Syrians who want to perform hajj, praising the cooperation by the host countries and their facilitation of the entry and exit of Syrian pilgrims.
Hakim called on members of the Committee to consider receiving applications from Syrians who live in regime-controlled areas.
For his part, Deputy Head of the Committee Samer Birqdar said that out of more than 22,000 applications for hajj the Committee received last year, 15,000 were accepted. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition emphasized that its new leadership is keenly seeking to reach out to all forces and components of the Syrian revolution, including the political, civil, and military forces, women and youth who constitute the social base of the revolution.
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim explained that the Coalition has drawn up a clear strategy aimed at restoring the leading, real role of the institutions of the revolution through effective engagement with new components and forces.
Speaking during a meeting with representatives of the Waad Party at the headquarters of the Syrian Coalition in Istanbul on Saturday, Hakim stressed the need for the Coalition “to set a foothold in Syria as necessary step to effectively participate in the rebuilding and re-stabilization of Syria.”
Hakim reaffirmed the Coalition’s support for the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC), stressing also the commitment of the Coalition and the HNC to the goals of the revolution and to a political solution leading to the establishment of a transitional governing body without Bashar al-Assad and his clique.
“The Coalition is keen to engage and cooperate with all forces of the revolution through several mechanisms being discussed by the political committee on a daily basis,” Hakim added.
For their part, representatives of the Waad Party expressed support for the plans of action developed by the Coalition, adding that the Waad Party is an independent national party whose decisions are made without interference from any other party. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif said that the forced displacement operations aimed at bringing about demographic change in Syria constitute “war crimes.” He stressed the need for the United Nations to take concrete action to prevent these operations and hold to account those responsible.
During a teleconference between President Seif and members of the political committee with FSA commanders, medics, and rescue workers in the neighborhood of Qaboun in Damascus on Saturday, Seif warned of plans by the Assad regime and the allied Iranian militias to force a new evacuation deal on residents of the district.
Doctor Nizar, head of the medical committee in Qaboun, said that that are many injuries in the district that need urgent treatment, the most critical of which are neurological injuries. He added that they lack the necessary medical equipment and medicine to treat these injuries.
Head of the civil defense in Qaboun Abu Hassan said that the district has been subjected to constant bombing for more than two months, noting that around 80 percent of the rebel-held district has been reduced to rubble.
Abu Hasan added that around 300 families are still living in Qaboun under constant danger of regime bombardment. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)