The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee met with the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) on Friday. The meeting was chaired by President of the Coalition, Anas Al Abda, and SIG’s Head Abdurrahman Mustafa.
The meeting came about one month after Mustafa announced the formation of his cabinet. SIG ministers gave overviews of their plans of action after checking on the situation of institutions on the ground and the needs of the population in the liberated areas.
Mustafa said that there is a lot of work to be done to reach good governance in line with SIG’s vision. He pointed out that the major challenge is the improvement of security and stability, adding that Syrians are “great people and all they need is a safe, appropriate environment to completely change the reality of the situation in the liberated areas.”
For his part, President Al-Abda gave a brief on the latest developments in the political process, stressing that the Coalition members strongly believe that the Assad regime and its sponsors will not abide by international resolutions and agreements calling for a ceasefire.
President Al-Abda pointed out that the forces of the revolution are required to develop alternatives to ensure the continued resilience of the Syrian people to regain their freedom and dignity. He instructed SIG’s ministers to improve the reality of the situation in the liberated areas and improve services being provided to civilians so as to provide an alternative model of management for the Assad regime and its corrupt institutions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
President of the Syrian National Coalition Anas al-Abda, met with the leaders of the corpses of the Syrian National Army and commanders of brigades in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo. They discussed the need to complete the establishment of a national army comprising all the armed opposition groups with the aim of defending the liberated areas and improving security and stability.
President al-Abda pointed out that "there are mahor challenges lying ahead," stressing the need to beat off those challenges as steadfastness is "crucial to the victory of the Syrian revolution."
Moreover, President al-Abda stressed the need for the success of forces of the revolution, including the political, civil and military institutions, to secure the needs of civilians in the liberated areas as well as paying attention to the situation of refugees in neighboring countries, pointing out that these account for more than half of the Syrian people.
He also stressed the importance of the success of the Syrian Interim Government in establishing good governance in the liberated areas and gaining legitimacy by holding free, fair elections in the liberated areas.
Commander of the First Corps Colonel Moataz Raslan said that the formation of a professional national army is a top priority, adding that this is a joint action between the military and political forces.
Commander of the Second Corps Mahmoud al-Baz pointed out that work is underway to unify the armed groups into one army under the banner of the Coalition’s political leadership, pointing out that 750 fighters are trained by the Syrian National Army every month.
Commander of the Third Corps Abu Ahmad Noor stressed that the completion of the formation of the national army is the real guarantee to improve security and stability in the liberated areas, stressing the importance of unifying efforts to confront the enemies of the Syrian revolution. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, held an important meeting with representatives of donor countries and the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) in the Turkish city of Gaziantep.
The meeting brought together representatives from the United States, the European Union and other countries. SIG’s ministers put forward their short-term and long-term plans, the strategy of each ministry to achieve its goals, and the challenges facing their work.
Mustafa called for increasing coordination and cooperation, stressing the need for complementarity in the relationship between the Syrian National Coalition, SIG, the Assistance Coordination Unit, and SRTF.
Mustafa said that SIG adopted a strategy of action focused on providing a decent life and a safe environment for civilians living in the liberated areas as well as on enabling them to live their lives normally after years of suffering at the hands of the Assad regime.
He pointed out that SIG is seeking recovery from the phase of destruction through the removal of rubble of destroyed buildings, ensuring the safety of sites, clearance these sites of mines and UXOs, and the restoration of infrastructure and public services to enable displaced people to return to their areas of origin.
Mustafa pointed out that SIG’s top priority is the improvement of security through the Ministry of Interior’s police force and the Ministry of Defense’s military police. He stressed the initiation of law enforcement in the liberated areas to achieve justice through the activation of law courts and an independent judiciary through the Ministry of Justice and the Judiciary, which is supervised by the Judicial Supreme Council.
Mustafa also said that SIG also focuses on the empowerment of local communities to develop their economies and resources. He stressed the importance of beginning with productive projects so as to ensure the sustainability of their resources and achieve integration and cooperation among local communities.
He also underscored the importance of strengthening the capacities and capabilities of local councils in the areas of management; achieving sustainable development plans; promoting standards of transparency, and activating the role and participation of women in all parts and structures of SIG’s institutions. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Minister of Finance and Economy of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Abdel-Hakim Al-Masri met with the Director of Customs and Managers of Border Crossing at Bab Al-Salamah Border Crossing as they discussed the Ministry’s plan of action and the role of border crossings in providing SIG with financial resources.
Al-Masri stressed the need for careful searching of vehicles so as to maintain good relations with neighboring countries. He also stressed the fair treatment of civilians wishing to enter and exit through the border crossings and referring back the Ministry to solve the problems facing the management of crossings.
Al-Masri also stressed the importance of investing in the agricultural sector; supporting farmers; and opening the door for exporting the surplus products.
He pointed out that there is a plan and a mechanism to repair public roads through investment by traders for a limited period of time.
He also stressed the importance of boycotting the Iranian and Russian goods and demanded that these goods are not allowed to pass through the border crossings.
Participants put forward proposals to improve the work system and develop the reality of the Syrian crossings so as to provide the best services to the population. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The National Commission for Detainees and Missing Persons held a workshop in the town of Azaz in northern rural Aleppo to discuss ways to coordinate the efforts to address the issue of detainees and missing persons.
Participants in the workshop agreed on the formation of an advisory work group to work with the Commission to achieve integration ensuring specialization and development of the performance of actors on the issue of detainees. The group will help coordinate the documentation, investigation, prosecution and accountability as well as providing support to the victims and establish mechanisms of political, legal and media action.
The workshop also saw the drawing up of a strategy for joint action and the distribution of tasks on the basis of coordination and mechanisms for implementation and follow-up.
The workshop brought together representatives of the Free Bar Associations of Aleppo, Dara’a, Homs, Idlib and Hama as well as the associations for detainees and female ex-detainees and local organizations and specialists on the issue of detainees and missing persons.
Participants discussed the reality of the issue of detainees in terms of documentation, investigation and communication with the relevant international organizations and bodies.
Coordinator of the Commission and member of the Coalition’s political committee, Yasser Al-Farhan, said that dozens of human rights organizations and rights activists are currently working on the issue of detainees and missing persons. He said that this work lacks mechanisms of coordination and integration, which leads to the disruption of efforts.
Al-Farhan pointed out that the workshop succeeded in forming a joint work group to cooperate in this important, complicated issue. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)