The Department of Foreign Relations within the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) has presented its work plan for the forthcoming stage to the political committee. In this presentation, it underscored the critical need to bolster and activate the SOC’s international and regional relationships, capitalizing on shared interests that align with the objectives of the Syrian revolution and the SOC’s political vision. Additionally, it emphasized the importance of monitoring international and regional developments and changes, while also submitting proposals to the political committee and General Assembly in response to these developments.
The outlined plan specifies the Department’s responsibilities, which encompass overseeing the implementation of recommendations and decisions made by the political committee and General Assembly concerning the Department’s operations. This includes formulating and executing foreign policy plans and strategies, as well as organizing and enhancing the functioning of regional offices, embassies, and foreign missions in countries supportive of the Syrian people. The Department will also oversee the political and diplomatic aspects of these entities, ensuring their effective operation.
Within its plan, the Department highlights the need to manage the SOC’s relationships with influential decision-making bodies and advocate for the establishment of advocacy groups to support the Syrian Revolution on various fronts. It will also manage the diplomatic and protocol aspects of the SOC’s interactions with foreign ministries, parliaments, foreign organizations, and embassies.
Further aspects of the plan involve creating a directory of competent Syrian individuals within Syria and abroad, establishing communication channels with them, harnessing their expertise and energy to support the Department and the SOC, collaborating with international organizations and their bodies to enhance joint efforts in service of the Syrian revolution’s goals, and exploring opportunities to leverage the programs and competent bodies of these organizations to influence decisions in favor of the Syrian revolution’s objectives.
The plan clarifies that the Department of Foreign Relations will continue to facilitate and activate the key aspects of the approved SOC plan. This includes strengthening the SOC’s position in liberated areas and the political and negotiation process, backing the executive branch of the interim government in liberated areas, and monitoring the various aspects of the political process with countries invested in the Syrian file. These aspects encompass refugee issues, detainee concerns, accountability, normalization, sanctions, the Caesar team, Captagon, humanitarian aid, and any other matters contributing to the political process.
Moreover, the plan underlines the intent to develop joint programs and projects in collaboration with the Communities Office and to reinforce partnerships and integration with Syrian civil society organizations.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)