The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations sent letters to the missions of friendly and sisterly states to extend good wishes on the occasion of Christmas and to urge serious action to avert an imminent humanitarian disaster in Idlib province.
The letters came as part of an extensive diplomatic contacts being launched by the Coalition President, Anas al-Abda and the Department of Foreign Relations to mobilize international support for an immediate end to the Assad regime and Russia’s onslaught on Idlib.
Head of the Department, Abdel-Ahad Steifo, said that while the world is celebrating the Christmas, Russia and the Assad regime are committing the most heinous crimes against civilians. “While you are reading my letter, a humanitarian disaster is unfolding in Idlib province as a result of the crimes, relentless bombardment, and the continued mass displacement. More people are being victimized, while the civil defense teams are straining themselves to save lives.”
“We always say that after Idlib, there is no other Idlib. Idlib is now minor Syria. Therefore, you can imagine the extremely catastrophic conditions and the horrific disaster awaiting us in the coming days,” Steifo said.
He called on all states to make every effort to ensure an end to the suffering of the Syrian people; stop the Russian and the Assad regime’s ongoing onslaught; and enforce UN resolutions on Syria, most importantly the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254.
Moreover, Steifo called on the international community to take urgent, serious action to avert a major humanitarian disaster in Idlib, expressing the hope that the new year will carry peace and salvation as well as realization of the Syrian people’s aspirations for freedom and dignity.
Steifo stressed that the Coalition is looking forward for more joint work and strengthening of relations in a way that brings freedom, democracy, and peace to Syria. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s Ministry of Defense categorically denied reports about sending fighters of the Syrian National Army (SNA) to Libya, stressing that the SNA will continue to serve and defend the Syrian people.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry said that “the SNA’s priority is to defend our people from the Assad regime's militias as well as its Russian and Iranian backers and their affiliated separatist, terrorist groups seeking to tear the country apart.”
“Fighters of the Syrian National Army will remain on our land battling sectarianism and tyranny so that our people can live in peace,” the statement said.
The Ministry emphasized that the SNA will continue to serve and defend the Syrian people, especially in the face of the Russian barbaric onslaught which was imposed by the imbalance of power on the ground. It stressed that the SNA will spare no effort to defend the Syrian people and enable them to regain freedom and dignity. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Interim Government’s Minister of Local Administration and Services, Mohamed Suleiman, met with heads of provincial councils at the Ministry’s headquarters in the town of Afrin in rural Aleppo.
The meeting discussed the continued mass displacement of the civilian population by the Assad regime and its backers, the most recent of which is taking place in Idlib province. Participants in the meeting put forward suggestions for solutions to cope with the humanitarian disaster and meet the needs of the IDP.
The participants also discussed the reality of the Syrian Interim Government and ways to improve its performance, especially that of the Ministry and ways to beat off the growing challenges.
Suleiman talked about his Ministry’s plans for the coming period as he stressed the importance of integration of the work of SIG’s institutions in accordance with to the tasks assigned to each institution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Office of Refugee Affairs, Amal Sheikhou, met with HE Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi and discussed with him ways to provide urgent support to civilians being displaced by the Assad regime and Russia’s escalating onslaught on Idlib.
The visit to Doha came as part of efforts being made by the Coalition to mobilize international support for an end to the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Idlib. Arranged in coordination with the Syrian embassy in Qatar, the visit will last for three days during which Sheikhou will be meeting with Qatari authorities and humanitarian organizations in order to secure support for people in need in the liberated areas.
Sheikhou gave an overview on the latest developments in Idlib and the dire humanitarian conditions resulting from the ferocious onslaught the Assad regime and Russian forces have launched on the province for over ten days. The assault has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and caused dozens of casualties among civilians.
Sheikhou pointed to the increasing strain humanitarian organizations have to cope with as a result of the escalating military operations and the displacement of tens of thousands of people who were left without shelter amid decreasing temperature and freezing cold. She also pointed to the inability of humanitarian organizations working in the liberated areas to cope with the growing needs of the newly displaced people.
Moreover, Sheikhou stressed the need to find a solution and an immediate end to these attacks. She also discussed ways of support and emergency response in cooperation with international organizations and Qatari charities.
For his part, Al Hammadi expressed his dismay at the deteriorating situation in those areas. He stressed the need for swift action to save what could be saved and seek a solution that would bring an end to the enormous suffering of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)