President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Hadi Al-Bahra, convened a meeting with a delegation from the Kurdish National Council in Syria, led by Mr. Muhammad Ismail, a member of the Council’s presidency. The meeting focused on shared concerns aimed at increasing international attention to the Syrian people’s plight, advancing the political process, and implementing UN Resolution 2254 to facilitate a comprehensive political transition in the country.
Participants in the meeting included President of the Syrian Negotiations Commission, Badr Jamous, SOC’s Vice-President, Abdul Majeed Barakat, the SOC’s representative in the Council, Abdullah Kaddo, and Shavan Jaziri, the Director of the Council’s office in Istanbul.
During the discussion, the two parties addressed the limited attention the Syrian issue is currently receiving within the international community, given the many global crises. They explored strategies to elevate the priority of reaching a solution in alignment with international resolutions.
Mr. Ismail provided an overview of the challenging conditions faced by residents in the northeastern region. He highlighted issues such as political and public movements against rising prices, particularly fuel prices, a lack of job opportunities, forced conscription, and various restrictions on freedoms.
Mr. Ismail expressed the Kurdish National Council’s solidarity with the peaceful anti-regime movement in Suwayda and other Syrian regions. He condemned attempts to frame events in Deir Ezzor between the PYD militants and Arab tribes as an Arab-Kurdish conflict. He emphasized the Council’s commitment to preserving a balance between Kurdish national identity and a broader Syrian national identity. This includes strengthening ties with the SOC and actively working towards the return of displaced Kurds, refugees, and other Syrians to their homes.
Al-Bahra emphasized the importance of the Kurdish National Council bolstering its representation of the SOC’s policies in its areas of operation. He stressed the need for defending the values of comprehensive Syrian national identity, while also ensuring the protection of Kurdish citizens and other components of the Syrian population.
Al-Bahra highlighted the goal of achieving good governance in areas affiliated with the Syrian Interim Government. This includes facilitating the voluntary, safe, and dignified return of all displaced Syrians and refugees to their original places of residence. The overall objective is to continue the path towards implementing relevant UN resolutions, especially Resolutions 2118 (2013) and 2254 (2015), to achieve a political transition leading to a democratic, pluralistic Syria where freedom and justice are realized, encompassing all Syrians regardless of their religious, national, and cultural backgrounds.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)