The Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Government Affairs on Tuesday convened to discuss the first steps the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) made to start its work in the liberated areas. The meeting was chaired by the Coalition President Anas al-Abda.
Members of the Department talked with SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa and SIG’s Ministers via a video link. The Department stressed the need for giving priority to the ensuring of security and stability in the liberated areas as well as to the improvement of education and health services.
Members of the Department said that the provision of security and essential services for the civilian population “is of paramount importance” and key to encouraging the return of the IDPs to their homes; boosting the economic activity in the region; and the creation of new jobs.
Moreover, members of the Department asserted their full support for SIG’s vision and plan of action as they pledged to facilitate its work. They also expressed the hope that SIG will receive the necessary support from donors to enable it carry out its plans and programs.
For his part, SIG’s Abdurrahman Mustafa said that the inauguration of his new cabinet took place in "a democratic atmosphere that every Syrian can take pride in,” pointing out that SIG’s work will complement the Coalition’s political vision.
Mustafa pointed out that the SIG gives priority to raising the level of coordination among SIG’s ministries and the civil, security and military institutions, adding that the liberated areas will witness considerable improvement in the coming period, especially in the areas of security and stability. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdurrahman Mustafa, said that his government's plan of action is based on seeking effective performance on the ground through civil administration and good governance as well as on the consolidation of security and stability in the liberated areas through the formation of a professional national army.
In an interview with the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, Mustafa said that SIG is seeking to strengthen coordination among ministries, civil, military, and security institutions. SIG is also seeking to strengthen coordination with the Turkish government.
Mustafa pointed out that SIG will spare no effort in the coming months to provide essential services to the civilian population and to improve security. “A ministry of defense has been formed with Major General Salim Idris as the Ministre of Defense who is tasked with raising the level of organization, training and combat readiness of the national army.”
These measures will encourage the return of investors who will launch projects and investments, which in turn will allow the creation of jobs in the region.
Mustafa stressed the need for SIG presence everywhere across the liberated areas as the executive arm of the Syrian National Coalition, which has gained international recognition as a legitimate representative of the Syrian people.
Moreover, Mustafa stressed the importance of effective coordination with the Turkish government as vital in terms of enabling SIG to effectively manage the liberated areas. He also stressed that “Turkey is a strategic ally of the Syrian people and their revolution, and we will seek to regulate and develop the relationship with it.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)