The Syrian Coalition’s political committee held its regular meeting at the Coalition office in the countryside of Aleppo on Thursday.
The meeting discussed the situation on the ground in the liberated areas, the Russian-Iranian aggression on Idlib and the countryside of Hama, and the mass displacement of civilians in the region.
President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa said that the brutal airstrikes on civilians in Idlib and Hama have so far killed more than 350 civilians, including many children and women, as well as displaced more than 300,000 people. The bombings also caused massive destruction to civilian homes and infrastructure, hospitals and schools.
President Mustafa called for an immediate halt to the aggression on Idlib as he commended the international outcry over the assault on Idlib. He also praised efforts by sisterly and friendly countries to put pressure Russia to stop its support for the aggression and to refrain from launching further attacks on civilians.
The political committee discussed mechanisms of communication and interaction with civil bodies in the liberated areas. It met with representatives of local councils and discussed with them the situation of services and the displaced people from the areas that were occupied by the Assad regime and the Iranian militias.
The Syrian Coalition has recently opened an office in the countryside of Aleppo and began to communicate with the local councils and directorates active in the liberated areas and the civil society organizations in Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian Negotiations Commission held a number of important meetings at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland during which they discussed the Assad regime and Russian serious military escalation in the province of Idlib and its impact on the political process.
The Commission’s delegation also met with officials and diplomats from the United States, the European Union, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Australia and Japan. Head of Delegation, Nasr Al-Hariri, briefed the diplomats on the situation in Idlib, especially the Assad regime and Russian violations of the Idlib agreement. He underscored that the humanitarian situation is rapidly deteriorating as a result of the relentless targeting of residential areas and public facilities.
Hariri stressed that the Assad regime and Russia are using terrorism as a pretext to target civilians and force them out of their homes as they previously did in various areas across Syria. He emphasized the importance of international cooperation to stop the military escalation; ensure respect for the Idlib agreement; consolidate the ceasefire; and seriously engage in the peace process.
The Commission’s delegation also met with Khawla Matar, Deputy Special UN Envoy to Syria who is in charge of following up on the issue of detainees. Hariri and Matar discussed ways to achieve progress in the issue which he described as both “sensitive and catastrophic.”
Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Nasr al-Hariri, met with the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in Ankara on Tuesday and discussed with him the serious military escalation by the Assad regime and its allies in Idlib province.
Hariri stressed the need to protect civilians, consolidate the ceasefire that was established last year, and deliver humanitarian aid to those in need. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)