President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif reaffirmed the Coalition’s commitment to the Geneva political process under the umbrella of the UN in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254. He was speaking at a meeting with Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Omar Alghabra and a delegation from the Canadian Foreign Ministry on Friday. The meeting was also attended by Secretary-General Nazir Al-Hakim, Vice-president Salwa Aksoy, and members of the Coalition’s Department of Foreign Affairs Anas al-Abda and Dima Musa.
The Canadian delegation included Canadian Special Envoy to Syria Ruben Whitlover, Canadian Consul General in Istanbul Ulric Shannon, and Counselor for Middle East Policy at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lawrence Duchon Laporte.
The Canadian delegation commended the performance and wisdom being shown by the Syrian opposition in these difficult circumstances of the political process. It reaffirmed Canadian government's support for the Syrian people and its commitment to supporting the UN-led negotiation process aimed at achieving political transition in line with UN Security Council resolution 2254 and in line with the aspirations of the Syrian people as well as putting an end to bloodshed and suffering of the Syrian people.
The two sides stressed the need to pay greater attention to the participation of women in political work and the need for Syrian women to be in the decision-making centers alongside men. They also discussed the ideas and topics related to advocacy projects and the political empowerment of Syrian women. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Nasr al-Hariri, Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, said that the Commission decided not to participate in the upcoming Sochi conference as he reaffirmed commitment to the UN-led political process during the final press conference held in Vienna earlier on Saturday.
“We have been involved in international efforts to push the political process forward and to expedite a political solution. These efforts yielded good ideas facilitating the political process,” Hariri told reporters in Vienna. He noted that the Commission’s visit to Moscow was a good opportunity to reach commonalities in political solution to achieve the interests of everyone through a meaningful political process.”
Hariri pointed out that the Commission's delegation held dialogue with the Russian side, the United Nations, Turkey and the United States to take advantage of any initiative aimed at pushing for a political solution in Geneva.
Hariri stressed that the Assad regime does not believe in a political solution as he underscored the need for collective international efforts to implement UN Security Council resolution 2254, which requires a genuine international desire.
Hariri described the Commission’s performance as positive and resilient as he stressed that it has not waived the fundamental principles of the revolution. "In a free and transparent voting and after serious discussions and delicate, detailed negotiations, we have come to the decision the Commission will not participate in the Sochi conference.”
Hariri reaffirmed commitment to a political solution that would ensure the lifting of the sieges and the release of detainees. He underscored that Geneva is the only venue to reach a political settlement as he stressed that all international initiatives should be based on UN Security Council resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)