A delegation of the Syrian opposition’s Negotiations Committee, headed by Nasr Al-Hariri, met with Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo on Tuesday as part of the international tour the delegation has embarked on.
The meetings discussed the Arab and international efforts to find a political solution in Syria through the Geneva process and in accordance relevant international resolutions.
Participants in the meetings agreed on the need to implement international resolutions that reclaim the Syrian people’s right to live a free and decent life and end the seven-year killings in Syria.
Hariri emphasized the important role that Egypt can play as a major Arab country in enforcing UN resolutions on Syria and in stressing the need to abide by these resolutions as well as in not allowing the derailment of the Geneva process from achieving its objectives in finding a just solution to the Syrian crisis.
For his part, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri commended the Committee’s performance and its sending of a unified delegation to the Geneva negotiations. He expressed his country's support for the Committee and its determination to help achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Riad Seif stressed that success of the Iranian people in achieving their demands through the revolution against the dictatorial Mullah regime will have a positive impact on the situation in Syria and most of the countries of the region.
Seif on Wednesday said that changing the murderous Iranian regime, the first supporter of sectarian militias in the region, will help restore security, stability and peace in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon.
Seif stressed that the slogans being chanted by the Iranian protestors are a direct response to the practices of the Iranian regime and its confiscation of public rights and freedoms in violation of international law and international humanitarian law. These slogans also come in response to the Iranian regime’s support for death squads in other countries such as the sectarian militias in Syria, the militias of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq, the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, and the Houthi militia in Yemen.
The Iranian-backed sectarian militias’ invasion of Syria will not last long, Seif stressed. He called on the Syrian revolutionary forces to unite and close ranks so that the revolution is rekindled and sectarian militias are ousted from all Syrian territory. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
Nazir al-Hakim, Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition and Head of the Supreme Hajj Committee, 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.
A delegation of the Supreme Hajj Committee concluded an official eight-day visit to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The delegation met with Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mishat, Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah in and a number of officials in the ministry.
The delegation praised the hospitality, effective management, and care the Kingdom provides every year to Hajj pilgrims in general and Syrian pilgrims in particular.
The Committee has overseen the hajj journeys by Syrians’ pilgrims for the sixth consecutive year. Around 15,000 Syrians performed hajj last year.
The Committee receives applications for hajj in its offices in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Syria’s north as well as in its branch offices in the UAE, Qatar and Kuwait. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition affirmed it stands by the Iranian people’s right to regain freedom and dignity as it expressed support for the nationwide popular uprising taking place in Iran.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition: “The Syrian Coalition affirms it stands by the peoples’ right to freedom, dignity, and to live under good governance and a system of rule that is based on justice, freedom and equality and in which officials are held to account in front of credible institutions representing the will of the people.”
The Coalition emphasized that “the crimes and brutal crackdown being practiced by the Iranian regime against the peaceful protesters will not solve any of the problems the country is facing.”
“Though repressive policies may succeed in silencing the people for some time, they will fail to address the roots of the problems, nor will they eliminate the causes of the deep popular anger which will continue to flare up as long as corruption, tyranny and racism dominate political and economic institutions. This has been repeatedly the case in Iran, including the Green Revolution of 2009, the protests of 2011, and the Mahabad uprising in 2015,” the Coalition added.
The Coalition went on to say that the “the Iranian regime adopts policies that are aimed at exporting its internal crises by fueling conflicts and igniting wars, including its provision of direct support for Assad's war against the aspirations of the Syrian people. It has also been complicit in the bloodshed in Syria by sending sectarian militias to Syria, the provision of military support for the Assad regime, and by its persistent pursuit of plans to change the demographic landscape in Syria through ethnic and sectarian cleansing and the spreading of extremist ideology in other countries such as Iraq and Yemen.”
The Coalition also said that it “stands in solidarity with the Iranian people’s peaceful struggle to get rid of the decades-long oppression, tyranny and corruption.”
The Coalition concluded its statement by calling on the Iranian regime to stop squandering the country’s resources and wealth to fuel conflicts and wars as well as to recruit militias and death squads.
“The Iranian regime must stop pursuing these policies if Iran wants to play a positive role that is based on showing respect for the will of peoples and mutual interests.” Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)