President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abdah said that the Coalition’s efforts will be focused on reviving national pride among Syrians and on effectively representing the Syrian Revolution.
Abdah reiterated rejection of giving any role for Assad in the transitional period or in Syria’s future. He stressed that the Syrian Coalition is keen on preserving Syria as a unified state and categorically rejects all plans or projects aimed partitioning Syria. Abdah also stressed that the political process must ensure the return of refugees to their homes and the rebuilding of Syria with the support of brotherly and friendly countries.
“There are significant challenges facing the Syrian revolution internally and externally, but these challenges can be turned into successes if we deal with them properly. This can be achieved through working as a team within the Coalition and with the political committee,” Abdah added.
Abdah went on to say that “the Syrian revolution is coming under unprecedented attack by a superpower, namely Russia, and also by the Assad regime, foreign militias, and ISIS.”
Abdah pointed to many breaches of the truce by the Assad regime and its allies. “The task force tasked with monitoring the ‘cessation of hostilities’ agreement must determine the side responsible for violations for negotiations to be resumed on a logical basis.”
Abdah reiterated calls for the release the detainees, lifting sieges and stopping attacks on civilians before resuming the Geneva talks.
The Syrian Coalition’s General Assembly on Saturday elected Anas al-Abdah a new president of the Syrian Coalition. Mouaffaq Nyrabia, Abdul Hakim Bashar, and Samira al-Masalma were elected as vice-presidents, while Abdel-Ilah Fahd was elected as Secretary-General. (Source: Syrian Coalition + Al=Sharq al-Awsat)