The Syrian members of the Joint Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee held its regular meeting to discuss the work of the Committee and the results of its efforts to help the Syrian nationals residing in Turkey. Participants in the meeting included President of the Syrian National Coalition, Anas Al-Abda.
The participants discussed the requests that were submitted to the Committee and laid out a plan to sort out the new cases so as to make it easier to work on them with the Turkish authorities in accordance with the priorities already agreed upon with the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management.
Members of the Syrian team indicated that the Committee resolved many of the issues it received in accordance with recent instructions from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management and the Turkish Ministry of the Interior.
They pointed out that the Committee provided many facilitations and services to Syrian nationals, stressing that its primary goal is to legally cover the residency of Syrian nationals in Turkey. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, and SIG ministers toured the liberated areas and visited a number of towns and villages in northern rural Aleppo. They met with local councils as well as leadership of the national police force to check on the mechanisms of action and services being provided to civilians.
Mustafa and SIG’s ministers held various meetings in the towns of Al-Bab, Azaz, Bza'a and Qabbasin where they reviewed SIG’s plan of action and vision. They also discussed with the heads of local councils and police departments their roles and tasks.
They also discussed ways to develop the work and beat off the challenges in order to develop administrative work in all ministries and institutions. They also discussed ways to create jobs for the young people in the liberated areas.
Mustafa praised the role of the local councils in consolidating civil administration and improving the essential services in the liberated areas. He stressed the importance of strengthening communication with other institutions and establishing partnership with them and with the local population.
Moreover, Mustafa stressed the importance of coordination between the national police and SIG’s Ministry of Interior, adding that improving security and stability in the liberated areas is the first step for the success of SIG’s plan of action. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, congratulated the German people on the occasion of the German Unity Day which falls on October 3rd of each year. He thanked Germany for hosting the Syrian refugees and for its political support to the cause of the Syrian people in international forums.
Abdullatif received an invitation from the German Consulate in Istanbul to attend an event on the occasion of the German Unity Day which brought together many officials, diplomats, and representatives of organizations working on Syrian affairs.
Abdullatif met with Michael Reiffenstuel, the German Consul in Istanbul, and Klemens Semtner, Senior Advisor on Syria at the German Foreign Ministry. He conveyed to them the thanks and appreciation of the Syrian people to the German government for its support for the Syrian people and the assistance it is providing to Syrian refugees.
Abdullatif stressed that since the early days of the Syrian revolution, the German people have shown unwavering support for the cause of the Syrian people against the Assad regime. He praised Germany’s hosting of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, noting that the German people have long been known for their support for the causes of peoples and their right to freedom and democracy.
On the sidelines of the event, Abdullatif held several meetings including with the political advisor on Syria at the Consulate of the Netherlands. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, announced a merger between the National Liberation Front and the Syrian National Army under the roof of SIG’s Ministry of Defense. The National Army now comprises seven corps and about 80,000 fighters.
SIG set as a priority the unification of military groups and the formation of a professional national army with the aim of improving security and stability in the liberated areas.
In a press conference on Friday, Mustafa said that the Syrian National Army and the National Liberation Front merged under one umbrella operating on a regular military basis and answers to SIG’s Ministry of Defense.
Mustafa stressed that the goal of the National Army is to liberate the entire Syrian territory from tyrants, fight corruption, dictatorship and sectarianism, maintain the unity and integrity of Syrian territory, defend the liberated areas, and give the occupied areas back to their rightful owners.
Major General Salim Idris was appointed as the Minister of Defense and Chief of Staff, while Brigadier General Adnan Al-Ahmad is the Deputy Chief of Staff of the First, Second and Third Corps. Brigadier General Fadlallah Al-Hajji is the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Corps. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas al-Abda, sent a letter to British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Dominic Raab, to thank him for his country’s support for the Syrian people and their revolution for freedom and dignity.
President al-Abda expressed his “highest appreciation for the efforts exerted by the United Kingdom government and people who warmly welcomed the Syrian refugees fleeing the crimes committed by the Assad regime and its terrorist militias.”
President al-Abda underlined the critical importance of the United Kingdom and other major actors to put an end to the ongoing killings and terrorism against the Syrian people through the establishment of ceasefire and reaching a political solution in accordance with the UN resolutions, which will enable Syrian refugees to return to their homeland.
Moreover, President al-Abda pointed to the importance of assisting Syrian civilians through the Coalition’s official institutions, namely the Syrian Interim Government and the Assistance Coordination Unit as key to supporting the resilience of the Syrian people.
President al-Abda pointed out that the Syrian revolution is going through a critical stage, adding that the Syrian people need support in order to enable them overcome the dire circumstances they are going through and build a state that is based on freedom, justice and good governance. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its regular meeting to discuss the results of the work of the offices and committees as well as the important meetings the Coalition has recently held with the major actors inside Syria as well as with sisterly and friendly states.
The meeting begun with a talk about the Coalition’s recent tour to the liberated areas where it met with commanders of the Syrian National Army as well as Syrian civil society and organizations operating in the region. The committee stressed the importance of strengthening communication and the opening of new channels to meet the needs and overcome the difficulties facing the civilian population in the liberated areas.
Participants in the meeting stressed the need to make the administrative experience in the liberated areas a success by enabling the Syrian Interim Government to carry out its vision for the formation of a national army, improving services, and the development of plan for holding elections under international supervision.
Participants also reviewed the results of the Coalition’s visit to the United States and the meetings it held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting. A Coalition delegation met with officials and ambassadors of sisterly and friendly states and talked about the importance of the full implementation of UN Security Council resolution 2254 according to the sequence set out in the resolution which begins with the formation of a Transitional Governing Body (TGB).
The Coalition delegation made it clear that the drafting of a new constitution is not enough to bring about a real political transition in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.
The Coalition delegation also met with international organizations as the delegation called for the provision of urgent humanitarian and medical assistance to civilians in the areas being subjected to bombardment by the Assad regime and its backers.
Moreover, the Coalition delegation met with the Syrian community in the United States. The meeting focused on the importance of the community's role in pressing for firm positions towards achieving the aspirations of the Syrian people and confronting Iran’s subversive role in Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Dara’a province witnessed shocking incidents in September with an upsurge in assassinations against civilians and militants alike. A total of 38 assassination attempts killed 21 people and injured 14 others.
According to the Victims Documentation Office in Dara’a, the victims included 12 former members of the armed opposition, nine of whom joined the regime forces after the later took control of the area in July 2018.
The Office pointed out that it documented at least 22 arrests and kidnappings as well as many cases of torture and summary executions in the province last month.
Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, pointed out that Iran is behind these assassinations through complicity of the Assad regime’s thugs who have a proven track record of hunting down and liquidation of opponents,. He added that Iran still insists on establishing a foothold in southern Syria.
Yahya stressed that the latest incidents in Dara’a exposed Russia’s inability to rein in Iran in Syria and also its failure to commit to international treaties and resolutions.
Yahya called on the international community to intervene to put an end to violations in Dara’a province, launch an international investigation into these crimes, and transfer Syria to the International Criminal Court to hold accountable perpetrators of war crimes. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition’s Secretary-General, Abdelbaset Abdullatif, held a meeting with the management and staff of the Coalition’s offices. He discussed with them the results of the meetings the Coalition members have recently held with military and civilian institutions as well as activists, civilians and IDPs in rural Aleppo.
Abdullatif called for strengthening communication with the actors in the liberated areas and listening to their needs and the challenges facing them. He also called for working on meeting these needs through the Coalition’s executive arms, namely the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and the Assistance Coordination Unit.
Abdullatif stressed that the priority for the time being should be to support SIG’s efforts to administer the liberated areas; improve the services; and support the civil activities of unions and associations and benefit from their expertise.
Moreover, Abdullatif pointed to the need to focus on the issue of education and unify the efforts in this regard; communicate with the UNESCO to launch unified programs for the school dropouts; and secure recognition of degrees issued by SIG’s Ministry of Education so as to allow the dropouts to complete their education and qualify them to join the labor market.
Abdullatif stressed the importance of developing the administrative work, noting that this will have a positive impact on all aspects of work in the institutions of the Syrian revolution and the liberated areas. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian National Coalition and former head of the Syrian Interim Government, Jawad Abu Hatab, stressed the importance of stepping up support for preliminary and university education in the liberated areas, pointing to severe shortages in qualified teaching staff in all educational institutions in the liberated areas.
Abu Hatab said that there is a stressing need for qualified teachers in the educational institutions, pointing out that some of the subjects in the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Aleppo are being remotely taught by professors who are based in several countries, including the United States.
Abu Hatab added that the first batch of students will soon graduate from the Faculty of Medicine. He pointed out that there are about 30 students in the sixth year and 60 students in the fifth, adding that the faculty currently has about 700 students. The faculty on Tuesday conducted standardized admission tests for 442 students.
“The future of Syria depends on the success of our work in universities and our management of education,” Abu Hatab said, pointing out that SIG’s institutions in the liberated areas are in dire need for university graduates. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition said that the Russian aggression against Syria has worsened the situation in Syria and led to an increase in the scale of crimes against civilians.
In a press release marking the fourth anniversary of the Russian direct military intervention in Syria, the Coalition said that the Russian option in favor of the Assad regime and in the face of the aspirations and rights of the Syrian people has been a clear option since the beginning of the Syrian Revolution.
“Russia’s political stances and its direct military intervention were not only a form of support for the regime, but a major element in escalating the situation on the ground as it led to unprecedented level of escalation, criminality and displacement,” said the Coalition.
The Coalition cited reports by rights groups which detailed figures of the results of this intervention since day one. According to these reports, the Russian occupation is responsible for the destruction of at least 201 schools, 190 medical centers, and the targeting of 56 popular markets. These attacks claimed the lives of at least 6,686 people, including 1,928 children and 808 women as well as displaced 3.3 million people out of their homes. The real figures could be much higher.
“The Russian aggression is responsible, directly or indirectly, for Assad's crimes as Russia has been trying to cover up these crimes; propping up the regime, and providing it with political, diplomatic and military support. Furthermore, Russia used the veto 13 times to shield the regime and prevent any international action against it.”
The Coalition reiterated that the international community is responsible and obliged to find appropriate mechanisms to put an end to the subversive Russian and Iranian roles in the region, including moving more effectively and using more influential tools in dealing with the aggressors.
“We affirm that any serious effort to put an end to the catastrophe unfolding on the ground must begin with the adoption of binding resolutions that ensure and end to the bloodshed and open the door to a political solution based on UN Security Council resolution 2254, including the full implementation of the Geneva Communique of 2012.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)