President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif participated in a meeting of the local councils that was held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep on Wednesday along with head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and members of the Coalition’s political committee.
Participants discussed ways to improve performance as well as the latest field and political developments in Syria, especially the continued crimes by the Assad regime and its allied terrorist militias against Syrian civilians.
Seif gave an overview of the mechanisms that was established to increase the representation of local councils inside the Coalition following as part of the reform packages that the Coalition’s General Assembly adopted in its latest meeting.
Seif also gave an overview of the latest field and political developments in Syria, stressing the need to activate the role of local councils along with the Coalition, SIG, the Coalition’s Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU), and the armed opposition.
Seif said that the current phase poses serious challenges that require the advancement of the opposition institutions to express the fundamental principles of the Syrian revolution. He added that these challenges require all opposition forces to remain united in the trench of the Syrian revolution; preserve the unity of Syria; and meet all the challenges.
The local councils presented an overview of the situation in the Syrian provinces, the difficulties facing them; and proposals to address those problems. .” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) and head of the Syrian Coalition’s foreign mission in Washington Najeeb Ghadbian met with Syrian civil society activists in New York to discuss the important role of civil society organizations in building the future of Syria after the departure of the Assad regime.
Participants in the meeting also discussed the role of Syrian civil society groups as well as the interactive and complementary relationship between these groups and the Syrian opposition institutions.
HNC General Coordinator Riad Hijab stressed the important role of civil society in the Syrian revolution and in building the future of Syria after the departure of the Assad regime as well as in building a democratic, civil society based on the rule of law, equality and justice.
Hijab reaffirmed the HNC’s commitment to a political solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and the relevant UN Security Council resolutions. He stressed that the HNC will remain guided by the aspirations of the Syrian people and their yearning for freedom.” He went on to say that achieving these aspirations will require the departure of Bashar Assad and all those who are complicit in the shedding of the blood of the Syrian people.”
For their part, civil society activists emphasized the need for cooperation between civil society institutions and political forces to build a pluralistic, democratic society in Syria.
A delegation from the HNC and the Syrian Coalition is currently in the United States to meet with world leaders and officials on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. The meetings will discuss the latest developments in the political solution while members of the delegation will urge world leaders and foreign officials to support the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)