President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem al-Meslet, President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission (SNC) Anas Abdah, and Head of the Syrian Interim Government Abdurrahman Mustafa met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu in the Turkish capital, Ankara on Thursday. The two sides discussed the latest on the ground and political developments in Syria.
The meeting focused on the regime’s escalating bombardment of Idlib and the recent field developments in Dara’a.
Al-Meslet thanked the government and people of Turkey for the support they are providing to the Syrian people in their struggle against injustice and tyranny as well as for hosting Syrian refugees.
Al-Meslet stressed that the military escalation in Dara’a and Idlib provinces and the continued violations by the Assad regime, Iranian militias and Russia are causing catastrophic humanitarian conditions. He added that Russia does not abide by the de-escalation agreement in northern Syria and is violating it on a daily basis, especially in recent months.
For his part, the Turkish Foreign Minister reaffirmed Turkey’s continued work to maintain the calm and prevent violations in northern Syria. He said that Turkey is discussing the Dara’a issue with Russia in order to stop the bombings and the displacement of the population.
Mr. Çavuşoğlu stressed the importance of the integrity of the Syrian territory and ending the presence of terrorist organizations such as the PKK organization, which still occupies parts of the Syrian soil.
He also said that Turkey continues to work with the Russians in order to advance the work of the Constitutional Committee and prevent its disruption by the regime, stressing the need for unity, harmony and the development of dialogue with the international community.
Mr. Çavuşoğlu also stressed his country’s continued support for the Syrian people and their just cause. He also reaffirmed Turkey’s continued support for the SOC and SIG as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people as he praised the importance of the reforms that the SOC is making.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)