Coordinator of the Syrian National Coalition’s Department of Foreign Relations, Abdulahad Astepho, met the political Syria advisor at the French Foreign Ministry, Fabrice Desplechin, and discussed with him the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria.
The two sides stressed the importance of the ceasefire agreement in Idlib and the need to make international efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire as a basic step towards reaching a political solution in accordance with international resolutions, most notably the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
Astepho thanked France for its role in supporting international resolutions on Syria at the UN Security Council, the most recent of which was its role in the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 2504 on renewing a mandate to deliver humanitarian aid to those in need in Syria via the border crossings not under the control of the Assad regime.
The two sides also stressed the need to support stabilization efforts and improve security in the northern and eastern regions as well as France’s role in this process. Astepho pointed out that improving security and stability is one of the Syrian Interim Government’s top priorities.
Moreover, the two sides touched on the recent meeting held between the Coalition and the Kurdish National Council. He pointed out that both sides discussed the activation of the committee to follow up on abuses in the liberated areas which was approved by the Coalition’s political committee. It was agreed that the Council should play an effective role in the committee in full coordination with the Syrian Interim Government in addition to emphasizing the safe, dignified, and voluntary return of IDPs and refugees to their areas of origin.
The two sides also agreed to strengthen communication and cooperation as well as coordination to serve the common interests. The French official invited the Coalition to visit France. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition said that over the past few years, the Assad regime has depleted Syria’s resources in its war against the Syrian people after it wrecked the economy by corruption and theft. It stressed that the regime’s policies worsened the suffering of ordinary citizens while allowing the regime-linked war profiteers to accumulate more wealth.
In a press release issued on Monday in response to the decline of the Syrian pound to a record low of 1,000 SYP for one USD dollar, the Coalition said that the Syrian people are facing a new catastrophe with each additional day in the life of this regime, whether those living in the liberated areas or those who are still in the regime-held areas, including the regime’s loyalists.
“The downward spiral of the Syrian pound, the Central Bank's lack of foreign exchange reserves, the crippling blows to the industry sector, the sharp deterioration of the agriculture sector, and the erroneous administrative decisions all portend an imminent economic meltdown, the responsibility for which lays squarely with the regime’s policies,” said the Coalition.
The Coalition went on to say that “the Assad regime has always used livelihood as a tool to put pressure on the Syrian citizens, exploiting their diligence and ability to produce and innovate. It forced them to enter a vicious cycle of soaring inflation, rampant corruption, and predation in order to compel those who remain alive to give up their rights and aspirations.”
“All these indicators support the position of the Syrian National Coalition in this regard as they are consistent with the UN Security Council resolutions.”
The Coalition added: “This reality confirms that there is no way out of the economic crisis and the rest of the crises and disasters that the regime inflicted on Syria except through a political solution that restores security and stability; achieves a genuine political transition in line with UN Resolution 2254; transitions the country to a true democracy; and guarantees freedom, justice, and dignity.”