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)
Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir al-Hakim stressed the importance of the civil movement which initially opposed the Assad regime and which is now resisting the forces of darkness represented by Hay’at Tahrir Alsham. Hakim strongly condemned the aerial bombing by the Assad regime on Idlib.
Hakim was speaking during a teleconference held between members of the Coalition’s political committee and members of Idlib provincial Council to discuss the situation in Idlib on Tuesday.
Hakim strongly condemned the airstrikes hitting rural Idlib earlier on Tuesday and which destroyed a hospital in the town of Tih. He called on the provincial council and the local councils in Idlib province to stay prepared for the next phase which he described as sensitive as well as for the surprises that may happen in the coming few days.
Hakim also reaffirmed the Coalition’s support for all peaceful activities opposing the Assad regime and terrorist forces alike. "We hope that those who were tricked into joining groups that are designated as terrorist organizations to announce their dissociation from these groups.” Hakim warned of a possible, quick military action in Idlib as Hay’at Tahrir Alsham has become a front for Jabhat Al-Nusra Front, a UN designated group.
Member of the political committee Hadi al-Bahra rejected the conference held in Idlib recently, stressing that the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) is the Coalition’s executive arm along with the local council that are tasked with administering the liberated areas. He stressed that projects by other sides are solely aimed at disrupting the opposition efforts rather than unifying them. Bahra pointed out that those who want to advance the work of the opposition should support the achievement of the revolution.
Hakim and participants in the conference discussed the latest field developments and the rising tensions in Idlib province. They also discussed the outcome of the latest Astana meeting and its implications on Idlib province.
Periodic meetings between the Coalition and the local councils are held to discuss the situation on the ground in all areas across Syria, enhance communication, and strengthen bilateral relations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The delegation of the opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) headed by General Coordinator Riad Hijab met with French President Emmanuel Macaron and British Middle East minister Alistair Burt on Monday evening in New York. Hijab stressed the need to hold accountable all perpetrators of crimes in Syria, chief among them is Bashar Al-Assad as he reaffirmed the Syrian opposition’s commitment to a political solution and a real, full political transition.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York. Hijab commended the French president's recent proposal to form a contact group from the five UN Security Council permanent members plus active regional players. "This initiative will hopefully end the Assad regime allies’ monopoly of efforts to reach a political solution and thwart their attempts to work out a solution serving their expansionist ambitions and agendas to extend their cross-border influence.”
The most feasible way to end the Syrian crisis and bring about a political transition is to "hold Bashar Al-Assad accountable as he killed more than half a million people, displaced millions more, destroyed Syria’s infrastructure, tore the Syrian social fabric, and allowed terrorism to thrive,” Hijab said.
Hijab stressed that the departure of Bashar al-Assad and his clique who were proven responsible for crimes against the Syrian people is on top of the demands of the Syrian people who demand an end to dictatorship and oppression and the establishment of a state that is based on the rule of law.
Hejab maintained that a political solution is the only way to restoring stability in Syria and the region as well as to the elimination of terrorism everywhere in the world.
The Syrian opposition is not "authorized to give up" the demands of the Syrian people, Hijab stressed. He added that the world must realize that what is happening in Syria is not a struggle for power, but a popular revolution against an oppressive regime. (Source: Syrian Coalition Media Department)
An official in the Syrian Coalition said that stalling negotiations on Syria does not serve the political solution, pointing out that such delay increases the suffering of the Syrian people.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee Badr Jamous said that the Syrian people continue to suffer in IDPs camps and neighboring countries as well as in the prisons of the Assad regime due to delays in the launch of the political transition process as was stipulated by international resolutions. He added that the stalled political process risks killing off any lingering hopes for a political solution in Syria.
Jamous called on the United Nations to rise to international challenge and respect its institutions which confirmed that the Assad regime was responsible for many of the massacres in Syria. He also urged the UN to adopt a position restoring the confidence of the Syrian people that they lost over six years since the revolution broke out.
Jamous also urged the United Nations to refer the criminal Bashar al-Assad to the International Criminal Court rather than accepting him as a partner in the transitional period. He said that the talk about accepting Assad as a partner in a political solution amounts to exonerating him of the crimes he is committing against the Syrian people.
Jamous and member of the Coalition Abdul Hakim Bashar as well as a delegation from the opposition’s High Negotiations Committee (HNC) headed by General Coordinator Riad Hijab will participate in the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. The delegation is scheduled to meet with a number of heads of states and foreign ministers of sisterly and friendly countries. The delegation will also participate in a number of multilateral meetings on the UN General Assembly meetings.
The delegation aims to convey the demands of the Syrian people to the world; emphasize the fundamental principles of the revolution; and highlight the suffering of the Syrian people during the UNGA meetings, which are one of the most important international platforms that was established to achieve peace and do justice for the peoples around the world.
The UN General Assembly serves as an international multilateral forum in which all the international issues contained in the UN Charter are discussed. The UN General Assembly, which consists of all 193 members of the United Nations, is the principal representative body for discussions and deliberations in the United Nations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian Coalition’s political committee Oqab Yahya said that the bombardment on the town of Salamiya in eastern rural Hama began just a few days after Iranian General Qasim Soleimani described residents of the town as being “more extremist than ISIS.”
Yahya pointed out that Soleimani’s remarks came at a time when Iran is seeking to expand its influence in the region, adding that the Iranian plans were met by total rejection by people of Salamiya.
The Assad regime and its media mouthpieces have blamed ISIS for the shelling on Salamiya, Yahya said. However, eyewitnesses in the area confirmed that the rockets that hit the town were all launched from areas under the control of regime forces and their allied Iranian militias.
The Assad regime and Iran are seeking to terrorize people of the town and forcing them to leave their homes just as they did in many areas across Syria, Yahya went on. He also said that Assad and Iran are seeking to extort money from Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims to which most residents of the town of Salamiya belong.
Yahya went on to say that people of Salamiya are determined to confront tyranny and dictatorship, adding that this needs more work and sacrifices. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition condemned the crimes being committed against civilians in Deir Ezzor province as it called on the international anti-coalition to reveal their details and launch an urgent investigation into these attacks.
In a press release issued on Friday, the Coalition said called on the international coalition shoulder its responsibilities, “especially as the airstrikes it is conducting in Syria are repeatedly causing civilian casualties without them prompting any reassessment or accountability.”
The Coalition reiterated its condemnation of all attacks targeting Syrian civilians. “Those responsible for such violations along with the international community should remain aware that such attacks constitute war crimes and violate international law. Keeping silent towards such crimes is unacceptable and shameful and is the main reason behind their continuation.”
Activists in Deir Ezzor reported more crimes being committed on almost daily basis by jets of the international anti-ISIS coalition forces. Credible reports indicated that nearly 100 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in suspected airstrikes by the international anti-ISIS coalition forces on Friday.
Meanwhile, warplanes of the Russian invaders continue to commit crimes against civilians in Syria. Several massacres were committed in different parts of Deir Ezzor and its countryside on Thursday, especially in the town of Mayadin as well as the villages of Buqrous, Tabiya, and Jusaida Bakkara claiming the lives of at least 50 civilians. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee and President Riad Seif met with a delegation from the Kurdish National Council (KNC) headed by Ibrahim Birro in Istanbul on Friday.
The two sides discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria as well as the preparations for the upcoming Riyadh opposition conference due to be held in October.
President Seif gave an overview of the reform process being carried out by the Coalition as well as the work of the Syrian Interim Government and the projects it is implementing in the liberated areas.
President Seif stressed that in addition to being one of the Coalition’s main components, the Council adds more value to the national action. He pointed out that the Coalition comprises the broadest spectrum of the political forces and components of the Syrian society.
Moreover, President Seif stressed the need for greater cooperation in all areas to achieve the goals for which the Syrian Coalition was formed, most notably the overthrow of the Assad regime and the achieving of the demands of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity.
Members of the Council briefed the Coalition on the Councils’ recent visits to Brussels and Moscow and the ideas that were discussed with regards to the political process and Geneva negotiations.
Birro said that the Council is being subjected to oppressive practices by militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). He pointed out that the PYD militias closed down more than 50 offices of the Council in Syria as well as detained dozens of its members.
Birro stressed that these militias do not represent the Kurds, adding that the Council has been the most affected by the practices of those militias. He called for greater cooperation by all political components of the Syrian society to expose these repressive practices. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Office)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif met with representatives of the Association of Independent Kurds (AIK) at the Coalition headquarters in Istanbul on Friday.
The meeting was attended by members of the Coalition’s political committee Abdel-Ahad Steifo, Anas Abdah, Hadi Bahra and Yasser Farhan as well as AIK’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Abdul Aziz Tammu, members of AIK’s Board Mohammed Ali Issa, Ibrahim Basha, and Azad Osman.
The discussions focused on the latest political and field developments in Syria as well as the options available to the Coalition and the Syrian opposition in light of the international sharing of influence in Syria. Both sides also discussed ways to preserve the independence of the opposition’s decision-making process.
The two sides agreed to work together as they reaffirmed commitment to the principles of the Syrian revolution in any future political solution. They also stressed rejection of the survival of the Assad regime neither in the transitional period or in the future of Syria.
The delegation of the Association pointed out that the militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) are seeking to stifle the political life in the areas under their control and drag the Kurds to battles that they have nothing to do with.
The delegation pointed out that the PYD’s practices have made the situation of the Kurds in Syria no better than the situation in the rest of Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif on Wednesday met with Secretary-General of the Tunisian General Labor Union, Mohamed Al-Assaad Obaid. The meeting was also attended by Head of the Coalition’s media department Ahmed Ramadan and member of the political committee Oqab Yahya.
Seif praised the Tunisian people for their honorable position in supporting the revolution of the Syrian people and their rejection of normalization of relations with the tyrant Assad regime.
"Outside powers are seeking to create an artificial opposition to take a share through negotiations," Seif said. "Russian and Iran are planning a coup against the revolution similar to that took place in Tunisia.”
Seif pointed out that foreign countries stood in the face of Syrian rebels when it was possible to overthrow the regime militarily.
As for the upcoming meeting in the Kazakh capital of Astana, Seif said that the meeting “aims to freeze the conflict militarily without going to a final political solution."
"What is happening in Syria now is a sharing of influence, not partitioning of the country which Syrians reject,” Seif went on. All Syrians reject attempts to divide the country, Seif said, noting that "the cantons that are being established in Syria will be heterogeneous with each other.” He warned that the establishment of such cantons would have dire consequences on the Syrian society.
Seif stressed that the Syrian opposition is open to dialogue with all political forces in Tunisia. "Tunisia has been one of the first supporters of the Syrian revolution. It previously sponsored the first conference held by the Syrian National Council. We need your solidarity and communication with the Syrian people."
For his part, Secretary-General Obaid said that he was "absolutely certain that the revolution will recover and that its course will be corrected." He said that thee is a need for greater communication and coordination," pointing to “smear campaigns by some sides to discredit the Syrian revolution.
Obaid stressed that his Union and civil society groups in Tunisia will continue to support and defend the Syrian revolution. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)