Jihad Marai, a member of the political committee in the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), has criticized the statements made by the Minister of Agriculture in the Assad regime’s government regarding the collapse of the agricultural sector in the country. Marai contends that the minister’s statements were inaccurate and failed to disclose the true reasons behind the deterioration of the food sector.
Marai asserted on Friday that the Assad regime’s minister deliberately obscured the actual factors contributing to the downfall of the agricultural sector and other sectors in Syria. According to Marai, this strategy aims to avoid condemning the Assad regime and its government.
Highlighting the regime’s actions, Marai claimed that the Assad government allowed terrorist and sectarian militias to operate freely throughout the country. These groups were given permission to exploit people’s livelihoods and property in exchange for suppressing the revolution and safeguarding the regime from collapse.
Moreover, Marai pointed out that the economic impact of the war waged by the Assad regime on various Syrian regions, the proliferation of corruption networks tied to the regime’s leader, his family, and security service leaders, as well as a failed economic policy, collectively contributed to the destruction of the country’s economy. This has resulted in the collapse of the Syrian pound, a decline in living conditions, and an unprecedented surge in prices.
These remarks by Marai follow statements from the Minister of Agriculture in the Assad regime’s government, who expressed concerns about the complete collapse of the food sector in Syria. The minister warned of a potential “year of hunger” following a decline in wheat production.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)