Members of the Syrian National Coalition participated in a symposium that was held in the town of Azaz in rural Aleppo on the grave situation in Idlib province and its impact on the work of the Constitutional Committee and the political process as a whole. The participants included Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi al-Bahra.
Held within the context of "the Voice of the Local Community in the Constitution," the symposium was organized by the Stabilization Committee of the Syrian Interim Government. It also brought together member of the Constitutional Committee on behalf of civil society organizations, Huda Serjawi, representatives of the Free Aleppo Provincial Council and other local councils, and revolutionary and political bodies.
The participants discussed the Assad regime and Russia’s escalating onslaught on Idlib, the war crimes taking place against civilians and their impact on the work of the Syrian Constitutional Committee, and the future of the political solution in Syria.
Al-Bahra gave an overview on the latest session of the work of the Constitutional Committee, the regime’s disruption of its work by procrastinating in the submission of proposal for the agenda, and its insistence on discussing issues that lie outside the framework of the Committee’s work.
Al-Bahra also talked about the negotiating process aimed at finding a political solution in accordance with UN resolution 2254, the four baskets enshrined in the resolution, and the differences on the stage of implementation which must be in accordance with the sequence and order spelled out in the resolution.
The participants began the discussions by holding a sit-in protest to show solidarity with Idlib and condemn the crimes against civilians. They called on the international community to assume its legal responsibilities with regards to the protection of civilians, ensuring an immediate end to the onslaught on Idlib, and ensuring the immediate delivery of humanitarian aid to those in need. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition and Deputy Head of the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee, Abdulbasit Abdullatif and Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mishat on Wednesday signed the Hajj policy handling the applications of intending Syrian pilgrims for the 2020 Hajj season.
Abdullatif began the meeting by talking about the dire conditions in Idlib province and the massacres being committed by the Assad regime and Russia against civilians. He thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its continued support for the Syrian people and their legitimate rights to freedom and dignity as well as for acknowledging the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee as an official body representing Syria in arranging the affairs of Syrian pilgrims.
Abdullatif pointed to the importance of continued coordination and cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Hajj to ensure the provision of services as well as all types of care for the Syrian pilgrims who numbered 22,500 pilgrims in the latest hajj season.
Mishat praised the performance of the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee, its coordination and distinguished work in serving the Syrian pilgrims.
The Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee of the Syrian National Coalition has been responsible for handling the affairs of Syrian pilgrims for the eighth consecutive year. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
As part of the plan of the Syrian Interim Government's and the Ministry of Education to improve education in the liberated areas, SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa opened the Free University of Aleppo building in the town of Azaz in rural Aleppo.
The opening ceremony was attended by SIG’s Ministers and President of the Free University of Aleppo, Yassin Khalifa. SIG said that the move came as part of its plans to "expand the areas of education and remain a distinguished educational tool in preparing generations that take advantage of the means of technology and modern science."
Mustafa stressed that the opening of the university in the liberated areas is an important step to provide the liberated areas with qualified academic and administrative staff. He pointed out that the move confirms SIG’s seriousness in its endeavors to support education and build educational edifices meeting the needs of the Syrian people.
Mustafa added that SIG will open other colleges in different educational fields, noting that this provides an opportunity to lay the foundations for participation in the process of the development of institutions and in improving stability in the liberated areas
He called for unifying the efforts and active contribution by the educational staff to achieve the plans drawn up for the educational process. He said that these plans form the basis for future success as he praised all the efforts being made by workers and administrative staff “to open the university which stands as a cultural edifice of our people." (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)