The Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee announced the start of the reception of applications for the upcoming Hajj season, stressing it would serve all Syrians in all Syrian territory.
The Syrian Hajj Director Samer Birqdar said the Committee began receiving applications starting from Monday, January 29 until March 8.
Birqdar pointed out that intended pilgrims can contact the Committee’s 13 offices in Syria and neighboring countries.
Birqdar stressed that the Committee serves all Syrians regardless of their places of residence or political affiliation. He noted that the Committee managed Hajj for all Syrian pilgrims from all regions across Syria in previous seasons, adding that the Committee’s offices are working on facilitating Hajj journeys for Syrians living in the regime-held areas.
Nazir al-Hakim, Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition and Head of the Supreme Hajj Committee, in early January signed pilgrimage contracts for the upcoming hajj season with the Ministry of Hajj in Saudi Arabia for all Syria’s quota of pilgrims this year. The contract will allow 18,000 Syrians to perform hajj for the 2018 season.
The Committee has overseen the hajj journeys for Syrians’ pilgrims for the sixth consecutive year. It is seeking to increase Syria’s quota to pre-war numbers. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
An official in the Syrian Coalition said that the manner in which Moscow organized the Sochi Conference reflected its vision of the future Syrian state, which is based on the continuation of dictatorial rule, the empowerment of criminals, and the hijacking of the will of the Syrian people.
"We cannot describe what happened during the Sochi conference but as a charade as it did not meet the minimum standards set by the United Nations for democracy and the people’s right to freely express themselves,” said Mohamed Yahya Maktabi, Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee.
Maktabi pointed out that the way Moscow organized the conference demonstrated its vision for the future Syria, stressing that Moscow wants Syria to be "subject to Russia and robbed of its will.”
Maktabi condemned the existence of such a large number of invitees who he described as puppets similar to those comprising the so-called People's Assembly of the Assad regime. He also denounced the invitation of criminals who are responsible for war crimes in Syria, most notably Miraç Ora who is on the wanted list in Turkey and the mastermind of massacres against civilians in the Syrian town of Baniyas.
Maktabi also rejected Moscow's attempts to undermine the will of the Syrian people and to impose conditions on them as well to monopolize efforts to reach a political solution in Syria. He called on the United Nations to enforce the resolutions it passed on Syria, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254 calling for full political transition in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)