With the Coordination of the Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Office of Syrian Communities Abroad, the SOC held a virtual meeting with the Council of Syrian Community in Canada to discuss the latest developments in Syria and check up on the conditions of the Syrian community in Canada.
The meeting brough together Coordinator of the Office, Muhammad Yahya Maktabi, Secretary of the political committee, Riyad Al-Hassan, member of the political committee, Bahjat Al-Atassi, President of the Council of Syrian Community in Canada, Ismail Al-Salkhadi, and member of the Council, Subhi Al-Hammoud.
The meeting came as part of the Office’s plan to reach out to Syrian communities around the world.
Maktabi stressed the importance of unifying the Syrian communities in the diaspora as he pointed to the need for the Syrian community in Canada to inform the SOC about the efforts it is making and its achievements.
Al-Hassan talked about the latest developments in the political process, including the Geneva Communique of 2012, UN resolutions 2118 and 2254, the formation of the Constitutional Committee and its three rounds of talks.
Al-Hassan talked about the Assad regime’s continued attempts to disrupt the political solution, citing its attempts to obstruct the work of the Constitutional Committee.
Al-Atassi talked about the efforts to unify the armed opposition and the formation of the Syrian National Army, adding that the Assad regime and its backers continue to violate the ceasefire agreement in the liberated areas. He talked spoke about the PYD militia’s crimes against civilians, including bombings and shelling of civilian areas.
For his part, Al-Salkhadi and Al-Hammoud talked about the outstanding successes Syrian students are making in Canada and the Council’s efforts to present an example of success.
They also talked about the important role the Syrian community in Canada is playing, which prevented the Assad regime from appointing a consul in the country. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)