The Syrian National Coalition’s political committee on Thursday held its periodic meeting with the chairmanship of the Coalition’s President Anas al-Abda to discuss the results of the meeting the Coalition held with officials of the US State Department in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday. The committee also discussed the results of the visits recently made by the Coalition delegations to the European Union and the United States.
Tabled for discussions were also the latest political and on the ground developments in Syria.
The Coalition’s delegation briefed members of the political committee on the meeting with the US delegation. The meeting discussed the military situation in Idlib, the atrocious crimes the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian allies are committing against innocent civilians and their disastrous consequences on civilians, and the unprecedented waves of displacement in the region.
US State Department reaffirmed the US’s support for the Syrian opposition and the Turkish position on these attacks. It also stressed the need to put an end to the onslaught on Idlib as it reiterated that there is no military solution in Syria. It also stressed that Russia cannot invest in these operations to impose a military solution, adding that the Russians should give up the illusion of achieving military victory.
The US State Department asserted that the United States will not lift the sanctions on the regime until it complies with UN Security Council resolutions, especially resolution 2254 and engages seriously in the political process.
The political committee also discussed the progress of the international diplomatic campaign that the Coalition launched earlier this week. The Coalition sent delegations to European capitals and the United Nations with the aim of urging action by the international community to put an end to the Russian and Assad regime’s onslaught on Idlib and rural Aleppo, establish a ceasefire, ensure protection for civilians, step up humanitarian aid and the delivery of relief aid to the displaced people.
Moreover, the committee discussed the catastrophic humanitarian conditions facing the people being displaced from Idlib and rural Aleppo. It also discussed the immense suffering Syrian refugees in the Lebanese town of Arsal are going through as a result of the snowstorm that has swept across the region. It also discussed the situation on the ground and the military operations in Syria’s northwest and attempts by the Syrian National Army to fend off the Assad regime and Russia’s assault on the region. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
The Syrian National Coalition renewed its calls to refer the war crimes taking place in Syria to the International Criminal Court, stressing that everyone who opposes these calls confirms their partnership in these crimes.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, the Coalition said that Russia's “repetition of its blatant lies on the media will not turn them into facts, nor will it succeed in covering up the truth which was confirmed by the thousands of civilian casualties, the bombing of hospitals, schools, and public markets, the hundreds of thousands of displaced people, and the atrocities being documented by local and international human rights organizations.”
These remarks came in response to statements by the Russian Foreign Ministry which has recently claimed that Russia does not attack the civilian population, and that its attacks are directed exclusively against “terrorist groups.”
“State terrorism is more dangerous than any other form of terrorism. Indeed, our people have suffered at the hands of Russia and its allies more than they have suffered at the hands of terrorist organizations. The terrorist organizations that emerged in Syria are but a tool in the hands of those regimes that they use to intimidate the Syrian people and the world.”
The Coalition went on: “Everyone who committed war crimes against the Syrian people will eventually be brought to justice, including those who arrested, kidnapped, and tortured detainees in prisons, used chemical weapons and barrel bombs, bombed schools, hospitals, and mosques, and public markets and civilian homes with various types of weapons.”
The Coalition went on: “Whoever is trying today to justify the atrocities taking place against civilians in Syria is a partner in these crimes.” (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)
Member of the Syrian National Coalition’s political committee, Salem al-Meslet, on Wednesday toured the towns of Ras al-Ayn in Hasaka province and Tal Abyad in Raqqa province where he met tribal leaders, ordinary citizens, and tradesmen.
Al-Meslet toured civilian homes and met tribal leaders and local notables. He ascertained the living conditions and the most urgent needs, especially those related to security, medical services, and education.
Al-Meslet visited the local councils and institutions affiliated with the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and discussed with them the latest developments on the ground, suggestions and solutions to the problems facing people of the region as well as ways to improve the security and living conditions.
As the Secretary-General of the Syrian Tribal Council, Al-Meslet took over the offices of the Council in Ras Al-Ayn and Tal Abyad as he stressed that members of the Council will spare no effort to achieve the goal for which the Council was established, namely to represent the Syrian tribes and serve the cause of the Syrian people. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)