The Syrian Coalition’s political body met with the French representative to the Syrian opposition Frank Gilet on Thursday at his request. Gilet said that France supports establishing safe zones in Syria, adding that he has reviewed Turkey’s vision on and the mechanisms for implementing it. He described these mechanisms as “adequate” and “workable,” adding that France will discuss this plan with the United States to put the final touches on the project.
The two sides discussed the importance of establishing a safe zone to protect civilians from the indiscriminate bombardment, which will help stem the flow of migrants to Europe and empower Syrian rebels to fight the Assad regime and ISIS.
Members of the political committee stress the need to lay out a common position with the revolutionary and rebel factions to fend off the Russian and Iranian invasions, particularly with regard to international initiatives for a political solution.
In a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, French President Francois Hollande warned of the outbreak of “all-out war” in Syria if Europe does not act.
Holland said that “we have to build political future that provides the Syrian people with an alternative to Bashar al-Assad and ISIS.” (Source: Syrian Coalition)