Mohammed Saeed Suleiman was elected as the new head of the Afrin Executive Council in a meeting that was attended by President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa as well as members of the local council in Afrin and local councils in the region. Suleiman succeeded former head of the Council Zuhair Haidar who resigned from his post.
President Mustafa thanked the former head of the Council and all members of the Executive Council for the work they did. He said: “We have noticed the change that occurred in Afrin in the past six months.” He also thanked Turkey for its role in supporting the local councils and the liberation of the region from the terrorist militias of the Democratic Union Party (PYD).
President Mustafa also praised the consensus among members of the council during the selection of the new head as providing an appropriate environment to work more effectively. He underscored the need to provide essential services to the people of the region, especially after it became safe thanks to the efforts of the FSA groups and the support that was provided by the brothers in Turkey.
Moreover, President Mustafa expressed hope that the new council will complete the achievement of the same goals, most importantly the restoration of security and stability to the region and the return of refugees, in addition to the reactivation of civil institutions to provide the best service to civilians.
President Mustafa pointed out that forces of the revolution and the opposition are facing "real threats", calling for unity to achieve peace in the region; meet the needs of civilians and the forcibly displaced persons; and develop Afrin and its countryside. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The National Liberation Front (NLF) expressed its categorical rejection of any Russian military presence in the demilitarized zone to be established in under the Idlib agreement. The FSA umbrella group said they were consulting with Turkey about implementing the agreement.
Spokesman for NLF Captain Naji Mustafa said they expressed "their categorical rejection of any Russian presence in the demilitarized zone during a lengthy meeting with the Turkish ally." He noted that they received confirmation from Ankara that no Russian forces will enter the demilitarized zone.
Last month, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reached an agreement with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to prevent the Assad regime forces and Iranian terrorist groups from launching a military operation in Idlib province. The Syrian Coalition said that the agreement was an important, necessary step to ensure the safety of civilians in the province. The Coalition also said that the agreement will likely pave the way for a political solution and showed how the option of killing and displacement has drastically failed.
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee earlier this week discussed a plan to consolidate the civil administration in the province of Idlib in a meeting with head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and SIG’s ministers as well as representatives of local councils and civic bodies in northern Syria.
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said that there is a pressing need to develop a plan to set up a civil administration in Idlib province through the Syrian Interim Government.
Idlib province is home to more than three million people, half of whom were forcibly displaced from other parts of Syria by the Assad regime's forces and their allies. International humanitarian organizations are unable to cope with the needs of the population living there. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition’s political committee discussed a plan to consolidate the civil administration in the province of Idlib in a meeting with head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and SIG’s ministers as well as representatives of local councils and civic bodies in northern Syria.
The discussions took place in the regular meeting of the political committee which was held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and lasted for three days. The agenda of the meeting, which was presided over by President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa, included discussions of the latest political and field developments in Syria, most notably the Idlib agreement and ways to utilize it to revitalize the political process.
President Mustafa said that there is a pressing need to develop a plan to set up a civil administration in Idlib province following the signing of the Idlib agreement. He noted that the agreement was met with international acclaim as it averted a potential regime onslaught against civilians in the province. He underscored that the agreement will likely allow the consolidation of civil administration in the region through the Syrian Interim Government.
Mustafa said that the safety of civilians in the region "is our top priority,” adding that the Syrian Coalition is “constantly communicating with the Turkish guarantor to this end, especially with regard to the Assad regime violations’ and the sporadic bombardment on towns and villages in northern Syria."
Mustafa also said that the meetings also discussed the opening of offices of the Syrian Coalition across northern Syria with the aim of getting closer to the revolution’s social base and ensuring the participation of all forces of the revolution and the opposition in the formulation of a unified vision of a political solution in Syria.
Moreover, Mustafa pointed out that the revolution and opposition forces are seeking to revitalize the political process as soon as possible and resume the negotiating process in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. "We are seeking to benefit from the Idlib agreement and other international developments to restart the negotiations process and initiate the work of the constitutional committee. The Assad regime cannot continue with its wriggling out of commitment to bring about a political transition in Syria in line with international resolutions." (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)