As part of plans by the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations to supply the Syrian opposition with highly specialized staff in the field of diplomatic work, the Department run a second training course in the field of diplomatic work for a group of Syrian university graduates. The course was run in cooperation with the diplomatic academy of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the program of cooperation and coordination between the two sides.
Held in the capital Ankara, the course lasted for seven days. The training was supervised by a group of ambassadors, experts, academics, and professors.
Diplomatic training was not limited to the theoretical side such as the giving of lectures and panel sessions as the trainees were offered practical training as well. For a week, the trainees closely watched the behavior of the staff of Turkish Foreign Ministry and were acquainted with the method of dealing and work methodology in the Ministry.
The trainees indicated that they have gained theoretical and practical experience through the course, adding that interacting with and watching the daily workings inside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were among the most influential points in the training.
At the end of the course, President of the Syrian Coalition, Anas Al-Abda, presented certificates to the trainees as he thanked the Turkish Foreign Ministry and the academics. He stressed the need for constant cooperation in this important field.
The Department of Foreign Relations will run a new course in cooperation with the Turkish Foreign Ministry, while it was agreed to offer a third training course for a new group of Syrian women and men in the field of diplomatic work next year. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition condemned the crimes and massacres the Russian Air Force, regime forces, and Iranian militias committed against residents of Qah IDP camp in northern rural Idlib and the town of Maaret al-Numan in southern rural Idlib on Wednesday.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the Coalition said that these reprehensible crimes and grave escalation were encouraged by the lukewarm international response as well as the utter inaction towards the killing of civilians by the Assad regime, Russia, and Iran.
“These deadly attacks came as part of the brutal onslaught being launched by the Assad regime and its allies on the region in blatant violation of international agreements and resolutions as well as of international law and the Geneva Conventions on the protection of civilians.”
The Coalition reiterated its calls for the establishment of an effective international mechanism “to rein in the regime and its allied militias, ensure an end to bombardment and massacres, and create the suitable conditions for the success of a political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254 ensuring the restoration of the rights of the Syrian people.”
The Assad regime forces and Iranian militias shelled an IDP camp near the village of Qah with a missile loaded with cluster munitions. The attack killed 12 people, mostly women and children, and injured dozens more as well as caused massive destruction to the camp. It also forced dozens of households to flee the camp. The Russian airstrikes on the town of Maret Al-Nouman killed six civilians, among them children and women. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As the Syrian pound continued its downward spiral, the exchange rate of one dollar reached 750 Syrian Pounds in local markets on Friday, the sharpest decline during the past eight years of the war declared by the Assad regime on the Syrian people.
Bader Jamous, member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, said that the Syrian citizen who was not killed by the bombs and shells of the Assad regime and its allies would be hard hit by the dire economic situation in the regime-controlled areas.
Jamous said that the Assad regime depleted the country's economic resources in its war on the Syrian people. He pointed out that the regime’s policies lead to soaring inflation, with the ordinary citizens paying the heaviest price as they can hardly afford the basic necessities of life. Meanwhile, officials of the regime and its cronies are living in ultimate luxury, unaffected by the worsening economic crisis, he added. He reiterated that there is only political solution in Syria, one that brings about complete political transition to a system of rule that is based on democracy, justice, and equality in line with UN resolution 2254.
The collapse of the Syrian pound came a few days after the Economist newspaper ranked the Syrian capital Damascus as the worst city to live in the world in 2019. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition's Office of Refugees Affairs and member of the Joint Syrian-Turkish Committee, Amal Sheikhou, had a telephone conversation with Deputy Director of the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management, Gökçe Ok, and discussed with him the situation of Syrian nationals in Turkey and the recent reports about the Directorate’s intention to stop the renewal of tourist residence for Syrian nationals.
Gökçe Ok categorically denied these reports as baseless, stressing that the Directorate continues to follow the renewal procedures as usual.
He explained that the rumored decision which spread on social media on Thursday is a very old decision and was made even before the establishment of the Directorate General. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)