Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Okab Yahya, said that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the deteriorating economic conditions in the country. He emphasized that the regime wasted the state’s resources in an attempt to crush the Syrian revolution demanding freedom and dignity as well as the establishment of a state that is based on justice and equality.
Yahya said that the Coalition is racked with pain as it is following the immense suffering Syrian civilians are enduring as a result of the soaring prices of basic commodities triggered by the record low decline in the value of Syrian pound.
Moreover, Yahya said that the policies of Bashar Al-Assad, which he pursued to serve his personal goals and not the Syrian state or the Syrian people, are mainly to blame for the decline of the Syrian pound. These policies also caused economic stagnation, Yahya said, citing the regime’s destruction of hundreds of factories, companies, and markets and its spending of huge amounts of money on sectarian militias. He stressed that the Assad regime’s policies also left millions of young people jobless.
“How long will the Syrian people endure the skyrocketing prices and the unspeakable suffering? Yahya asked. He stressed that the only solution in Syria is through ending the regime’s depletion of the country's resources and serious engagement in the political process in order to implement international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Secretary-General of the Syrian National Coalition, Abdel Basset Abdel Latif, on Wednesday held an expanded meeting with the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee to discuss preparations for the upcoming Hajj season and the registration process in the Committee’s offices.
The meeting brought together the Director of Syrian Hajj Samer Bayrakdar, members of the Committee, members of the Supervisory Committee, and leaders of the pilgrim’s groups.
Abdel Latif, who is also the Deputy Head of the Supreme Hajj Committee, gave a detailed overview of his recent visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where he signed the Hajj policy. He also held various technical meetings with the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah and the relevant institutions supervising the Hajj pilgrimage.
Abdel Latif thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the facilitations provided to the Syrian pilgrims as he conveyed to the participants the thanks of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Minister of Hajj, and the Saudi officials to all workers and supervisors of the Syrian Hajj. He praised their work and their ability to withstand the pressures and beat off the major challenges facing the Syrian pilgrims, stressing that Kingdom considers the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee one of the best committees in organizing Hajj.
Participants in the meeting exchanged views on the problems and obstacles that might face Syrian pilgrims and the best mechanisms for solving and overcoming them.
Abdel Latif held another meeting with the Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee and the members of the Supervisory Committee to discuss the laws governing the Syrian Hajj for the current year as they stressed the need to cooperate in order to advance the upcoming Hajj season.
They also reviewed the assessments of applications for the current year in the Committees’ offices in all countries and compared them with the previous year.
The Syrian Supreme Hajj Committee has recently announced it would begin receiving applications for Hajj for the year 2020 (1441 Hijri). The reception of applications ends on February 13th. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)