Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, called on the United Kingdom to impose new sanctions on Russia and Iran because of their harmful role in Syria. He also called on the UK to support efforts to hold war criminals in Syria accountable instead of investigating war crimes.
Hariri and the accompanying delegation met with Great Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London on Wednesday as they discussed "the future of Syria and the role of the United Kingdom in helping secure a stable and peaceful future for the Syrian people."
The Commission’s delegation also met with Christian Turner, Deputy Prime Minister's National Security Adviser and Bertie Patel, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament.
Hariri gave an open briefing to members of the British Parliament, the media and non-governmental organizations in which he stressed the need to undertake actions that can have a strategic impact.
Hariri called on the United Kingdom in particular to take the lead in increasing support for moderate voices on the ground, such as civil society organizations, local councils, and the Syrian Interim Government. He also called for moving from the stage of investigating the Assad regime’s violations to the stage of prosecutions and legal accountability.
Moreover, Hariri called on London to step up its humanitarian assistance for the Syrian people and support the United States in in the imposition of tougher sanctions against Russia and Iran for their harmful role in Syria.
For his part, Johnson said that "this visit was a significant opportunity for the U.K. to discuss with the Syrian opposition our shared efforts to bring this appalling human catastrophe to an end, and stop the suffering that the Syrian people have endured for over seven years.”
Johnson added that the Bashar al-Assad regime's "continuation of its brutal offensives, including its use of chemical weapons, and its refusal to engage in negotiations have underlined the challenge of reaching a political settlement."
"But we remain clear that only a political solution will create a stable, brighter future for the Syrian people," he said. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa blamed the Assad regime for turning Syria into an arena for score-settling between regional powers and an epicenter for the Iranian-led cross-border terrorism. He pointed out that the Assad regime has long opened Syria’s doors wide for Iranian terrorist militias to enter Syrian territory and allowed Tehran to use Syria as a springboard for terrorist activities as well as a trump card to serve its expansionist ambitions and further its nuclear project.
“The Assad regime’s policies have brought destruction to Syria and made its territory an open battleground for regional and international powers with the sole aim of clinging to power," President Mustafa added.
"The Assad regime has brought in Iranian and Hezbollah militias as well as allowed ISIS and al-Qaeda to grow and supported separatist groups.”
President Mustafa went on to say that “since the beginning of the popular revolution against his rule, the Assad regime has systematically destabilized the region through these terrorist tools with the aim of convincing the international community that it is the only side that is capable for restoring the status quo ante.”
President Mustafa noted that Iran exploited from Assad’s need for help, especially after it was teetering on the verge of collapse in 2013. He pointed out that Iran "used Syria as a bargaining chip for its nuclear project."
President Mustafa underscored that the Assad regime must be dealt with in the same way as Iran as both of them threaten international peace and security, stressing the need for confronting their terrorist activities in the region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)