The Syrian Embassy in the State of Qatar participated in a traditional handicrafts exhibition, showcasing an array of handicraft items from the ancient Syrian heritage, including ceramics, mosaics, paintings on crystal, threads and shells.
Arab and Islamic countries participated in the exhibition, with the Syrian pavilion receiving a large number of visitors. The Syrian ambassador to Qatar, Nizar Al-Haraki, said that the Syrian participation was extinguished as visitors expressed their admiration for the Syrian handicraft skills which reflect the rich history of the Syrian people.
Al-Haraki stressed the importance of preserving the ancient and important Syrian heritage and exploiting all opportunities to present it to the world. He pointed out that this heritage forms the basis of the Syrian identity that the Syrian people share, adding that the Assad regime has sought to tamper with the Syrian heritage and obliterate its diversity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The United States and six Gulf countries agreed to jointly impose sanctions on 25 corporations, banks and individuals linked to Iran’s support for militant networks including Hezbollah, the US Treasury Department said on Wednesday.
A statement by the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center said that 21 of these targets comprised a vast network of businesses providing financial support to the Basij Resistance Force (Basij).
The list included prominent names, including Jawad Nasrallah, son of Hezbollah's Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, as well as three other individuals associated with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps. The sanctioned entities included Mehr-e Eqtesad Bank, the Iran-based network Bonyad Taavon Basij, Milla Bank, and Mehr Investment Company.
US President Donald Trump said that these unprecedented sanctions came to reinforce the fact that Iran is not only a state sponsor of terrorism, but that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is heavily involved in financing and encouraging terrorism as a tool of rule.
In July, the United States and more than 30 other members of the Financial Action Task Force agreed to tighten oversight on Iranian financial institutions in response to Tehran's continued financing of terrorism.
The Syrian National Coalition earlier said that any step towards weakening Iran's influence in Syria is in the interest of the Syrian revolution. It said that the goal of the Iranian militias and military bases in Syria is to help the Assad regime suppress the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department + Agencies)
The Constitutional Committee on Wednesday convened for the first time at the United Nations Office in Geneva with the participation of all members. Co-chairman of the Committee Hadi Al-Bahra stressed the importance of the success of the work of the Committee and the completion of the political process to reach a just political solution in accordance with UN Resolution 2254.
In his opening speech, Al-Bahra pointed to the importance of reaching a common vision for the Constitutional Committee to end the unimaginable suffering of the Syrian people. He said that with the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee, “we open a new chapter of modern Syrian history.” He stressed the importance of completing this move as having significant effect on the political process and the social situation in the country.
Al-Bahra expressed “great pride in our common heritage” which is shared by all the people of Syria, pointing to the importance of participation in making a future for all Syrians; revive the country and does not discriminate against anyone; and respects political pluralism and ethnic and social diversity.
“To make this a reality, we must change the status quo. We Syrians need to change the way we think,” Al-Bahra said.
Al-Bahra stressed the importance of preserving what is left of Syria after the destruction that has befallen it which exceeded the scale of destruction in Germany during World War II.
Al-Bahra called for the release of detainees and the forcibly disappeared people as one of the most important issues that must be addressed as soon as possible and in the most effective ways. He stressed the importance of this issue in building confidence among the Syrian parties, strengthening confidence-building in the political process, and proving the seriousness of all parties involved.
“It is time to believe that victory in Syria is all about achieving justice and winning peace, not winning war. This is the only victory that all Syrians can share and be part of,” he stressed.
Moreover, Al-Bahra pointed out that the decisions that will be made by the Committee will significantly impact the future of the Syrian people. “The future of the Syrian people is in our hands. I hope that we will not deprive them of a prosperous future that they deserve in a country that safeguards the dignity of its citizens and guarantees their personal and collective freedoms in a state that is based on equal citizenship.”
The UN envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen described the launch of the Committee as “a historic moment” to discuss the most important issues of Syrian society, noting that the Committee has a mandate to draw up a draft constitution.
The UN envoy pointed out that the Committee will discuss the constitution in the context of the overall Syrian constitutional experience and will either put together a constitutional amendment or draft a new constitution. He said that the constitution is owned by the Syrian people only who will decide the future of their country. He noted that the UN role will be limited to facilitating the work of the Constitutional Committee. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al Abda, met with Abdellah El-Bakkali, president of the National Union of the Moroccan Press (SNPM) at the headquarters of Al-Alam newspaper in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Monday.
The two sides discussed the latest political developments and the security situation in Syria as well as the role of the Syrian journalists in conveying the reality of what is happening on the ground to the outside world.
President Al-Abda talked in detail about the Assad regime’s crackdown on journalists, calling on SNPM, which occupies a leading position in the International Federation of Journalists, to support the Syrian revolution and to help expose the regime and its allies’ horrible crimes against the Syrian people. The Coalition delegation included Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, and member of the political committee Ahmed Ramadan.
El-Bakkali expressed his understanding of the dire situation of Syrian journalists, calling on his guests to exert more efforts not only to expose the reality of the genocide against the Syrian people, but also to work with the relevant international institutions to provide a comprehensive and realistic picture of what the Syrian people are being subjected to both in the regime-held areas an in the liberated areas.
El-Bakkali said that the Moroccan journalists stood ready to cooperate with Syrian journalists in order to contribute to exposing the truth to the outside world. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al Abda, met with member of the House of Councilors and Coordinator of the Moroccan Association for Constitutional Law as well as senior member the Justice and Development Party (AKP) Abdelali Hami Eddine in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Monday.
The tow sides discussed the latest political developments and the security situation in Syria as well as ways of allowing the Syrian people to benefit from the Moroccan constitutional experience on the eve of the launch of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee in Geneva.
President Al-Abda gave a detailed overview of the Constitutional Committee and the expectations held by the Coalition and the way it expects it will work. He expressed the hope that Syrian people will find support from their Moroccan brethren in this respect. The Coalition delegation included Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, and member of the political committee Ahmed Ramadan.
For his part, Hami Eddine welcomed the Syrian delegation as he highly appreciated the sacrifices of the Syrian people for freedom, which he said exceeded all expectations. He said that they stood ready to provide support and legal advice to the Syrian opposition with regards to the work of the Constitutional Committee.
Hami Eddine said that Morocco has a legal and constitutional expertise that can help the Syrian people reach constitutional formulas capable of launching a transitional period and a democratic phase provided that all the Syrian parties show sincere will, pointing out that this requires tremendous efforts from everyone. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al Abda, on Tuesday met with the Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces in Morocco, Idriss Lachker and discussed with him the reality and prospects of the Syrian revolution on the eve of the launch of the Constitutional Committee due to kick off in Geneva on Wednesday.
President al-Abda, who is visiting the Moroccan capital Rabat, gave a detailed overview on the developments on the ground, especially in northern Syria and the military operation being launched by the Syrian National Army (SNA) with Turkish support. He also gave an overview of the Coalition-led political efforts to bring peace to Syria and fulfill the demands of the Syrian people for a real democratic transition. The Coalition delegation included Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, and member of the political committee Ahmed Ramadan.
President al-Abda praised Rabat's support for the Syrian people and for their right to reach a just political solution that meets their legitimate aspirations. He pointed to Morocco's special position in the hearts of the Syrian people as one of the first Arab countries to stand by them and given the fact the Coalition gained international recognition at the Marrakech Conference in 2012.
President al-Abda talked about the Coalition’s positions since its inception and its efforts in combating terrorism. He also talked about the expectations of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee due to kick off in Geneva on Wednesday.
For his part, Lachker said that he understood the demands of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity as he praised the immense sacrifices they are making for this end. He said that the Syrian people are paying a heavy price for freedom and dignity.
Lachker called on the Coalition leadership to work hard for a genuine peace that would protect the Syrian people and stop the bloodshed.
Lachker cited the struggle of the Moroccan left for democracy and how it engaged in a fruitful political process that has achieved democracy, political stability and security that are key to any democratic transition.
“The UN effort in Syria is highly appreciated, but the basis of any solution must be internal and among the Syrians themselves. This requires courageous steps from all sides to protect the Syrian people. External powers do not care about the interests of the Syrian people,” Lachker said. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al Abda, met with the Secretary General of the Progress and Socialism Party, Nabil Benabdallah, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on Monday.
The two sides discussed the latest political developments and security situation in Syria as well as the required Arab stance on the eve of the launch of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee under the auspices of the United Nations in Geneva.
President al-Abda praised Rabat's stances in support of the Syrian revolution since hosting the international meeting in Marrakesh in late 2012 which secured international recognition of the Syrian National Coalition. The Coalition delegation included Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, and member of the political committee Ahmed Ramadan.
President al-Abda said that the Syrian people highly appreciate the efforts of the leadership and the people of Morocco to support the revolution. He said that the Syrian people hope that this support will continue until they achieve their goal of a real transition towards democracy.
For his part, Benabdallah stressed that Morocco's position with all its political forces has not changed since the beginning of the revolution and that the hearts of Moroccans are with their brothers in Syria. He expressed the hope that all Syrians will come together to reach a political solution that brings the bloodshed in Syria to end an end.
Benabdallah said that his party stood ready to help address the issue of detainees in Syria and to defend them in regional and international forums as well as to hold joint workshops for this purpose. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani on Tuesday received President of the Syrian National Coalition Anas al-Abda who is visiting Morocco at the head of an accompanying delegation.
The two sides discussed the latest developments in Syria on the eve of the launch of the Constitutional Committee which is due to convene in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations on Wednesday.
The meeting brought together Moroccan Minister of State for Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs Mustafa Al-Rumaid, MP Mohammed Al-Tawail, Vice-President of the Coalition, Oqab Yahya, and member of the political committee Ahmed Ramadan.
President Al-Abda praised the position of the Moroccan leadership on the Syrian revolution, especially the international recognition of the Syrian National Coalition on December 12, 2012 when Othmani was Minister of Foreign Affairs. He also thanked Morocco for hosting Syrian refugees as he appreciated King Mohammed VI instructions to treat the Syrian refugees fairly.
For his part, Othmani said that they are following the tragic situation the Syrian people are going through as he expressed the hope that the UN-led efforts will succeed in stopping the bloodshed in Syria.
The Moroccan premier hosted the Coalition delegation for a banquet dinner during which the two sides discussed the reality of the Syrian revolution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Coalition said that US President Donald Trump’s announcement of the death of the leader of the ISIS terrorist group represents an important chapter in the course of the struggle against terrorism in Syria and the region.
In a press release issued on Sunday, the Coalition said that “for the past several years, the Syrian people have been subjected to numerous crimes at the hands of this terrorist group, including mass murder, execution, and detention.”
“The death of al-Baghdadi represents an important step on the road to eradicate ISIS and begin to undo the devastation it caused and end the utter chaos it spread, taking into account the organic relationship between this terrorist organization since its inception with the Assad regime,” the Coalition said.
The Coalition underscored that the Assad regime is the number one sponsor of terrorism in the region. “Indeed, the Assad regime directly supported this organization and its likes; allowed it to grow and fester; and used it to fight the revolution and the Free Syrian Army and to terrorize and intimidate the whole world.”
The Coalition also stressed that the best way to defeat terrorist organizations in Syria and the region “comes with the end of the Assad regime and the establishment of a just, good governance.”
“The Syrian people strongly reject the existence of any extremist organizations in Syria as they are well aware that they are linked to the Assad regime and that it is responsible for bringing them in just as it has brought the Iranian terrorism into the country.”
The Coalition reaffirmed its commitment to the demands of the Syrian people, the rule of law, and addressing the root causes of chaos in Syria. It said that the restoration of stability to Syria and the region is contingent upon the defeat of tyranny; ending the foreign occupation; and the ousting of all terrorist militias and organizations from Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Communities Office and heads of the Syrian communities councils in Romania, the United States, Qatar and Italy discussed the latest field and political developments in Syria and preparations to participate in the work of the Constitutional Committee at the UN Office in Geneva.
The discussion, which was held via video link, brought together the Coalition Vice-president Dima Moussa, Director of the Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations Abdel Ahad Steifo, Secretary of the Coalition’s political committee Riad Al-Hassan, members of the political body Badr Jamous, Yasser Al-Farhan and Bahjat Atassi, and Coordinator of the Communities Office Yahya Maktabi.
Members of the Coalition praised the effective role being played by the communities councils in pressuring the governments of the host countries to take positive positions in favor of the cause of the Syrian people. They stressed the importance of their role in the current stage and in the future stage of building Syria in view of the influence, expertise these communities have.
The participants stressed the need for cooperativeness and partnership between the communities councils and the Coalition, especially in the next phase containing serious challenges that will shape the future of the country.
Members of the Coalition reviewed the final preparations to participate in the work of the Constitutional Committee. They stressed that the political process cannot be reduced to the Constitutional Committee which they described as an opportunity and a gateway to revitalize the political process which the Assad regime has obstructed over the past several years.
The meeting touched on the importance of activating the Syrian Interim Government and the prospects for its work in the liberated areas as well as the difficulties and challenges facing it. They also discussed the latest developments in Operation Peace Spring. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)