The Syrian Interim Government (SIG) said that its Head Abdurrahman Mustafa made an official visit to the United States, accompanied by the Minister of Local Administration and Services Muhammad Suleiman, the Minister of Health Maram al-Sheikh, and the Director of Foreign Relations Yasser al-Hajji.
The SIG’s delegation met a number of US officials, including Ethan Goldrich, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs with responsibility for the Levant, and Zehra Bell, Director for Iraq and Syria at the National Security Council, in addition to officials in the White House and the Department of State and Defense.
The SIG’s delegation focused on discussing ways to support stability in the liberated areas, empower SIG’s institutions, and combat terrorism and illicit drugs.
Mustafa met in Washington with representatives of US think tanks, including Ambassador James Jeffrey of the Wilson Center, Natasha Hall of the International Center for International and Strategic Policy, David Adesnik of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, and Steven Heydemann of the Brookings Institute, and Mona Yacoubian of the US Institute of Peace. They discussed ways to put pressure on the international community to bring Syria back to the focus of attention and to ensure the facilitation of the cross-border aid.
Mustafa also met with a delegation from the Syrian community in Chicago, which included doctors and businessmen. They discussed ways to facilitate Syrians’ visits to the liberated areas and ways to support and facilitate investment projects there.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)