Riad Seif, head of the Syrian Coalition said that if the Americans are convinced of a political solution in Syria, convincing the Russians is possible. He noted that a political solution in Syria cannot be reached without a US-Russian agreement.
In an interview with the US newspaper Al-Monitor, Seif urged US administration to consider the Coalition as a partner whom they can trust as the Coalition is the only opposition body that has international recognition. “We need political, military and economic support from the United States,” he added.
Seif stressed the need to reactivate the Geneva track because the political solution is the only solution in Syria that ensures the preservation of the integrity of Syrian territory. He warned that the “four de-escalation zones are developing in a very dangerous way.”
Seif said the Coalition wants to work with the Trump administration on two common goals: fighting terrorism and “countering the Iranian influence in Syria and in the region while keeping the Russians from exerting more force and control in the region.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)