The Secretary General of the Syrian National Coalition of Syrian, Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, met with a delegation of the International Association of Arab Poets in Istanbul and discussed with them the role of Syrian poets, writers and intellectuals in supporting the Syrian revolution and helping achieve its goals for freedom and dignity.
The delegation comprised the poets Anas Al-Dughaim, Abdul Rahman Abu Ras, and Khaled al-Muhaimid. Abdul Latif stressed the distinguished presence of Syrian poets in the International Association of Arab Poets as he praised their contribution to the revolution through their poems that aroused immense enthusiasm among the Syrian people.
Moreover, participants in the meeting stressed the need to get rid of the authoritarian regime in Syria as they held it responsible for the decline of cultural movement in Syria.
The Secretary-General received an invitation to attend the Arab Poetry Festival which will begin on September 20 at the theater of the Faculty of Theology, University Marmara in Istanbul. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Anas al-Abda, President of the Syrian National Coalition, held separate meetings with the Office of Regional Affairs of the Arab States, the Office of Relations with the European Union, and the Offices of Turkey and the Americas and discussed with them the strengthening of relations with the governments of those countries and the affairs of Syrian nationals residing in these countries.
Participants in the meetings discussed the plan of action for the next two months in accordance with the agreed strategy as well as the major humanitarian crisis resulting from the Assad regime and its allies’ brutal onslaught on the de-escalation zone in northwestern Syria.
Participants also discussed the enormous needs of the IDPs, as President al-Abda said that the Assad regime's targeting of medical facilities is to blame for the mass displacement of civilians.
President al-Abda said: “We face the potential danger of a fresh wave of refugees similar to the one that took place in 2015. The IDPs are in urgent need for assistance before the onset of winter. There is also a pressing need for a ceasefire and a return to the political process in accordance with international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254.”
President al-Abda briefed the coordinators on the plan of action of the new Syrian Interim Government which will give priority to civil administration and the provision of essential services to the civilian population in the liberated areas. He pointed to the importance of the SIG getting support from donors to start implementing its programs.
Moreover, President al-Abda stressed the need to increase communications with the sisterly and friendly states that support the cause of the Syrian people in order to strengthen relations and build a common vision on the political process in Syria.
President al-Abda pointed out that the Iranian policies does not pose a threat to Syria and its people only, but also to the majority of the countries of the region. He strongly condemned the attack that targeted the Saudi Aramco oil facilities several days ago. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The representative of the Syrian National Coalition in France, Munzer Makhous, said that he met with local activists to discuss the establishment of a comprehensive database of people with disabilities and the injured as well as the orphaned children in Syria.
Makhous, who is also member of the Coalition’s General Assembly, pointed out that they also discussed the challenges facing the project, adding that he intends to meet and contact local and international institutions for this purpose.
Makhous also pointed out that he requested assistance in obtaining information and figures from several local and international organizations as well as from the Syrian Interim Government and the Assistance Coordination Unit. He pointed to the existence of serious challenges to the compilation of lists of people with disabilities and the orphans.
The establishment of a database will help secure support from specialized institutions and international associations, which will contribute to the provision of assistance to this important segment of society, especially in their daily lives, and enable them to engage in the community, he added.
Moreover, Makhous stressed that people with disabilities, war injuries and orphans are a vital witness to the Assad regime’s ongoing crimes against civilians, especially the shelling and targeting of medical centers, schools and public markets.
The Coalition earlier invited representatives of people with disabilities and war injuries to attend the General Assembly’s 47th ordinary session which was held late August as it stressed the need to hold perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)