President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas al-Abda, sent a letter to Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah Al Saud to congratulate him on his appointment as the Kingdom’s top diplomat.
President Al-Abda wished Prince Faisal success in his new post as he wished the brotherly Saudi people further progress and prosperity.
President Al-Abda praised Saudi Arabia’s important, pivotal role in supporting the Syrian people in their struggle for freedom, dignity and justice.
Moreover, President Al-Abda reaffirmed the strong relations between the two sisterly countries as he said that the Coalition is keen on further strengthening the bilateral relations as key to serving the vital interests of the two brotherly peoples and to helping reach a political solution in Syria that meets the legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
A delegation from the Syrian Negotiations Commission headed by Nasr Al-Hariri and which included Co-chair of the Commission Hadi Al-Bahra, met with the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pedersen and his team at the United Nations Office in Geneva on Thursday.
The two sides discussed the latest preparations for the launch of the work of the Constitutional Committee and the measures taken by the UN envoy and his team to ensure the success of the first meeting of the Committee. The two sides also discussed the logistical preparations related to the meetings of the Constitutional Committee, including the sub-committee.
The two sides also discussed the situation on the ground and the efforts of the UN envoy with regards to confidence-building measures, especially the release of detainees.
Hariri stressed that the Syrian Negotiations Commission has completed preparations for its representatives in the Constitutional Committee.
Hariri told the UN envoy that the Commission stood ready to engage positively with the Constitutional Committee as he stressed that the successful launch of the Committee will serve the interests of all components of the Syrian people. He added that the Commission will seek to draw up a draft constitution meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people; safeguards their dignity; ensures their freedom and equality in rights and duties; achieves justice and democracy; restores the sovereignty of the people; and maintains the unity, territorial integrity and independence of the Syrian state.
Following the meeting with the UN envoy, Al-Bahra met with the envoy’s team to which he outlined the Commission’s vision of the rules of procedure that will help in the management of the meetings of the Constitutional Committee as well as its discussions and the decision-making.
Al-Bahra stressed the need for constant work to make achievements as soon as possible. He also stressed the importance of transparency and informing the Syrian people of the latest developments in the Committee's work. He also underscored the need to find ways to communicate with the Syrian people in order to listen to their suggestions and views. Both sides agreed to hold further preparatory meetings in the coming days. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdurrahman Mustafa toured the town of Tel Abyad in northern rural Raqqa a few days after it was liberated from the PYD militia as part of Operation Peace Spring.
Accompanied by SIG’s ministers, Mustafa met with the townspeople and listened to their needs. He promised to work to meet their needs and demands and to bring stability to the town as he stressed that having been cleared of terrorist organizations, the town entered a new phase that will be characterized by the restoration of security, freedom and human dignity.
Mustafa pointed out that SIG’s ministers are working to form local councils of the local people; activate institutions; and provide services to the population.
The SIG delegation also visited the headquarters of the Syrian National Army’s (SNA) Third Corps as Mustafa thanked the SNA’s fighters for liberating the region. He urged them to treat civilians fairly and help meet their needs pending the SIG and its police force’s assumption of their roles. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s (SIG) Minister of Finance Abdel-Hakim Al-Masri toured SIG’s institutions in the town of Al-Ra'ie in northern rural Aleppo. Accompanied by the manager of the border crossings and the director of the Seed Propagation Foundation, Al-Masri ascertained the performance of the institutions and gave an overview on the work of the Ministry and its reliance on local institutions for the securing of revenues for SIG.
Al-Masri visited the office of the Syrian National Coalition in Aleppo province where he met with the Coalition members Ahmad Al-Shehadi and Najib Rahmoun. They discussed ways to meet the needs of the people in the region and improve the services the SIG is providing to the civilian population.
Al-Masri also with members of the local council and the staff of the border crossing in the town of Al-Raie. He stressed the need to unify efforts and show cooperativeness among all SIG’s institutions as well as improve the services being provided to the civilian population.
Moreover, Al-Masri stressed the importance of the development of agriculture in the region and supporting the farmers, adding that SIG gives priority to the agricultural sector. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Amal Sheikou, Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugees Affairs said that the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee helped settle the status of a large number of cases in Istanbul, including the exceptional statuses that are being addressed in order of priority.
Sheikou pointed out that those Syrian nationals having these cases were given the temporary protection identification documents issued in Istanbul, adding that their residence in Istanbul is now legal and that they do not face any risks.
Sheikhou pointed out that these cases include students with their families, university students in Istanbul, and holders of work permits. She also said that abolished ID cards were reactivated and new ones were given to Syrian nationals who do not have valid residence papers.
She went on to say that the Committee secured ID cards for patients being treated in Istanbul hospitals and helped with the reunification of families. She also said that the family reunification is possible if the majority of the family were registered in Istanbul.
Sheikhou urged Syrian nationals to get their legal status addressed and do what is necessary to resolve infarctions of regulations before October 30th.
She also called on Syrian nationals to have their legal status settled in one of the three branches of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management in the districts of Sultan Bailey, Esenler, or Esenyurt. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr Al-Hariri, stressed that the drafting of a new constitution alone will not resolve the Syrian conflict. He pointed to the need to create the appropriate environment that makes the Syrian citizen feel real, tangible change.
In an interview with the Anadolu news agency, Hariri stressed that “we cannot go to elections without a safe, neutral environment, provided by a Transitional Governing Body with full powers under a new constitution so that citizens can feel real change and that their voices can make a change.”
Hariri pointed out that the Syrian opposition will work with the United Nations to highlight the issue of detainees and activate it in parallel with the launch of the Constitutional Committee. The Syrian opposition will also press for discussing the rest of the issues related to UN resolution 2254, which is “credible governance in the first basket, the constitution in the second basket, and elections in the basket third.”
Hariri added that the Syrian people must see something tangible and that they are not asking for anything that is impossible outside the law. He pointed out that the humanitarian issues must not be subject to negotiation, especially the release of detainees.
Moreover, Hariri said that the opening session of the work of the Constitutional Committee will be a UN declaration for the start the work of the drafting committee. He said that the meeting of the expanded group may continue for several days during which there will be public discussions. The small group will then continue its work and draw up a clear agenda to discuss the various constitutional issues and provisions.
“We believe in and work for a political solution. We do not want and there cannot be a military solution, but the regime and its backers insist on pursuing a military solution. Any progress in the political and constitutional processes and any possibility of reaching a solution need three layers of consensus, Syrian-Syrian, regional and international consensus.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s presidential body and the political committee held a meeting as part of the preparations for the first session of the work of the Constitutional Committee due to be held at the UN Office at Geneva later this month. The participants included the Coalition’s representatives in the Constitutional Committee.
The participants discussed the basic principles that must be established based on the procedural rules of the work of the Constitutional Committee and international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254 as well as the 12 Living Intra-Syrian Essential Principles paper produced by the Geneva Process, as well as the Riyadh I and II communiques and previous Syrian constitutional experiences.
The meeting focused on the importance of the separation of the three legislative, judicial and executive powers, ensuring the independence of the judiciary, and consolidating the system of local administration.
They also discussed the establishment of security, military and police institutions, ensuring human rights as well as public and personal freedoms, the formation of independent bodies and affiliated institutions, ways of implementing transitional justice, and guaranteeing human rights in Syria and the bodies and councils responsible for this file.
The meeting also included in-depth discussions of ways to ensure the success of the work of the Constitutional Commission as key to reaching a political solution. They stressed the need to work concurrently to start negotiations in Geneva on the issues outlined in the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254, especially the establishment of an inclusive, credible, non-sectarian system of rule. Such a rule should enjoy all the necessary powers to create a safe, neutral environment for the holding of general elections in addition to the implementation of confidence-building measures as was stipulated by UN resolution 2254.
Participants in the meeting also stressed the importance of the results reached with regard to the future of Syria and the state that the Syrian revolution sought to build with regards to justice and equality in rights and duties. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition reaffirmed its total support for the demands of the people of the town of Manbij. It stressed that the only option should be to liberate the town from terrorist organizations; ensure that it is spared the terror of the Assad regime forces; and do everything necessary to facilitate the return of its people to their homes.
In a press release issued on Monday, the Coalition said that the people of Manbij – including Arabs, Circassians, Kurds, and Turkomen - have received tens of thousands of their fellow Syrians fleeing the oppression of the regime and its allied terrorist organizations over the past several years.
The Coalition said that the Syrian Interim Government, with all its institutions, stands ready to fulfill its duty to provide security and stability to the town and facilitate the return of its people.
The Coalition pointed out that meeting these demands will foil attempts to hand the town over to the regime forces as such a move will force the remaining residents to be displaced once again. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al-Abda, received the Director General for Syria in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Selcuk Unal, and discussed with him the latest political and on the ground developments in Syria as well as the situation of Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey.
The Coalition’s Vice-presidents, the Secretary General, and the Coordinator of the Department of Foreign Relations also took part in the meeting. President Al-Abda stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination with the Turkish side to beat off the major challenges lying ahead, especially with regards to the Constitutional Committee and the establishment of a safe zone allowing the return of displaced persons.
The meeting included talk about the latest preparations for the work of the Constitutional Committee which will convene later this month. President Al-Abda stressed that the international community has a major role to play, especially with regard to obliging the Assad regime to comply with the rules of procedure and seriously engage in the work of the Constitutional Committee.
President Al-Abda pointed to the importance of enabling the Syrian Interim Government to improve the situation in the liberated areas, especially with regard to the improvement of security and stability as well as the holding of free, fair elections in these areas.
President Al-Abda praised the results of Operation Peace Spring as he underscored the importance of liberating the area from terrorist organizations as key to the establishment of a safe zone and the return of its people. He pointed out that the Coalition’s vision for that region is based on enabling the Syrian Interim Government to engage the local people in the management of the region. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Olympic Committee, Ahmed Al-Ali, and Head of the Team Games Shakir Hamidi, met with the Coordinator in the Turkish Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mehmet Sadik Yildirim in the Turkish capital of Ankara.
The meeting was held in coordination with the Syrian National Coalition. The two sides discussed the possibility of coordination with regard to Syrian sports in general and sports activities in the liberated areas in particular. They agreed to cooperate to develop the Syrian sports and support the talented athletes from all ages.
Member of the Coalition’s political committee and Director of the Coalition’s Office of Sports Unions, Abdul Majid Barakat, said that there are serious efforts to bring together all those involved in sports affairs in the liberated areas and the host countries.
Barakat pointed out that the Coalition aims to make the sports file a Syrian national file away from quotas. He said: "Success in this file will turn it into a pressure file on the Assad regime as the battle is not only political and armed one, but a battle having multiple fields. The sports field is no less important than other fields.”
Barakat said that the Committee is working to launch a football league in the liberated areas with the participation of all clubs, adding that work is underway to find ways of cooperation with Turkey and some friendly countries to support this league and secure recognition for it.
He pointed out that the Syrian Olympic Committee launched an official website to publish the news related to the work of the Committee and cover the sports activities in the liberated areas and abroad. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)