Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Oqab Yahya, stressed the importance of dialogue amongst all components of the Syrian society without exclusion so as to reach the shape of the Syrian state in the future.
Yahya was speaking during a symposium that brought together components of Syrian society and which was held by the Harmon Center for Studies on Saturday under the title “political, economic and social organization that Syria needs in the future.” Participants included intellectuals, politicians and researchers.
The discussions included important topics such as the vision that Syria needs for the concept of social contract as well as the vision of the political system and the circulation of power. Yahya talked about the need for the participation of all components in determining the shape of the Syrian state, adding that dialogue stems from the fact that there are political and intellectual forces and changes that cannot be excluded.
Yahya pointed out that political concepts and attitudes form the general basis for dialogue and lead to reaching future understandings that could constitute a ground for agreement on a phased program and visons of the nature of governance.
He called for upholding tolerance and the right to disagree and change. He stressed that the nature of the desired state is a civil, pluralist, democratic state that is based on equality among all citizens regardless of gender, race, religion and sect. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)