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13 March 2020 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Anas Abdah, accompanied by Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, met the Syrian community in the State of Qatar as he checked on their living and health conditions. He also discussed with them the latest on the ground and political developments, especially the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Idlib as a result of the escalating military operations.

The meeting was attended by Vice-president, Oqab Yahya, coordinator of the Office of Arab Affairs in the Department of Foreign Relations, Salim al-Khatib, Defense Minister Major General Salim Idris, Minister of Interior Mohiuddin Harmoush, Minister of Local Administration and Services Muhammad Suleiman, and Syrian Ambassador to Doha Nizar Al-Heraki.

The Syrian community included Head of the community council, Muhammad Yassin al-Najjar, the first secretary at the embassy Hazem Lutfi, consul Bilal Turkiya, and members of the community council.

President Abdah talked about the situation in the battlefronts following the latest Turkish-Russian agreement and the heroic resistance the Syrian National Army showed in fending off the Russian-led onslaught on Idlib.

He also talked about the dire humanitarian conditions the displaced people are going through and their distribution in the IDP camps, towns and villages in the liberated areas.

Moreover, President Abdah stressed the importance of strengthening the relationship with the strategic allies in order to mobilize sustainable support for the Syrian people and their just cause. He pointed to the need to focus on preventing normalization of relations with the Assad regime and continuing to isolate it at the regional and international levels.

President Abda stressed the importance of supporting the Syrian Interim Government and its service projects in the liberated areas with the aim of making its administrative work a success and creating a real alternative to the Assad regime and its deteriorating institutions that serve its interests.

He also thanked the Syrian community in Qatar for their distinguished role in making the voice of the Syrian people heard loud and clear as well as their generous support for their brethren in the liberated areas. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)

13 March 2020 In Coalition News

Vice President, Dima Moussa, participated on Wednesday, 11 March, in a panel discussion titled “Idlib after Moscow Reconciliation” and hosted by ORSAM in Ankara. She also participated on 5 March in a conference in Istanbul titled “International Idlib Conference”, organized by the Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communication.

During the panel discussion and the conference, Ms. Moussa talked about the importance of implementing a ceasefire in Idlib to pause the humanitarian catastrophe unfolding in northwestern Syria as a result of the Assad regime’s escalation during the last few months, which had resulted in the displacement of over one million civilians. She also highlighted the need for getting humanitarian assistance to those affected as an urgent measure.

Ms. Moussa added that it is necessary, however, to ensure that a permanent ceasefire is put in place and breaches thereof are handled responsibly and promptly to ensure that the humanitarian situation does not continue to deteriorate. She also noted that cessation of all hostilities is required in Idlib especially, and in all of Syria in general, if “we all, not just as Syrians, but as an international community, are serious about moving forward with a political solution, which is the only way to reach permanent peace in Syria and the region.” Additionally, Ms. Moussa noted that “we, as opposition, are still committed to reaching a comprehensive political solution through the full implementation of UNSCR 2254, which requires in addition to implementing the political process outlined therein, the implementation of the part of the resolution relating to confidence building measures, which include humanitarian issues as well as release of the detainees and disclosure of the fate of the missing.”

Regarding the humanitarian aspect, Ms. Moussa stressed the importance of ensuring the extension of UNSCR 2504 on the cross-border aid delivery to Syria in July later this year, as millions of Syrians remain in the north, whose only hope of receiving aid is by getting it directly and not through Damascus. She stressed, however, that the only way to resolve the humanitarian crisis is by looking at and resolving the underlying problem that led to what is happening in Syria, and that is the Assad regime continuing to use military and security tools to oppress Syrians and force them into submission to its rule and to hold on to power, refusing all attempts and efforts to engage in any political talks.

On the latest agreement between Turkey and Russia, which was signed on 6 March in Moscow, Ms. Moussa said during the panel discussion in Ankara on Wednesday that “this is welcomed on the short-term, but it requires an effort and sense of responsibility by the entire international community to ensure it lasts to avoid additional displacement of civilians and to start working towards a permanent solution for Syrians to go back to their homes and to reach a real political solution that would lead to political transition in Syria.” (Source: SOC’s Media Department)

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