The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) held a virtual consultative meeting with dignitaries from Jabal al-Arab region as part of a series of meetings being conducted by the SOC’s National Dialogue Committee with the aim of discussing the major challenges facing the Syrian revolution and in preparation for an “inclusive national dialogue process.”
The meeting, which was chaired by SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri, brought together Vice-presidents Oqab Yahya and Ruba Habboush, Coordinator of the National Dialogue Committee Salem Al-Meslet, Coordinator of the South Committee, Muhammad Qaddah, Secretary of the political committee, Riad Al-Hassan, member of the political committee Bahjat Atassi, and member of the General Assembly, Abdul Ilah Fahd.
Participants discussed the latest political and on the ground developments, as Al-Hariri stressed the SOC’s keenness on strengthening communication and partnership with all spectra of Syrian society.
Al-Hariri expressed appreciation for the people of Al-Suwayda who courageously exposed the Assad regime’s plans to sow discord among components of the region.
Al-Hariri reaffirmed the SOC’s commitment to political solution and the implementation of UN resolutions on Syria, especially UN Resolution 2254. He said: “We take pride in our partnership with the people of Al-Suwayda whom we worked in the SOC, the Syrian Negotiations Commission, and the Constitutional Committee.”
Moreover, Al-Hariri talked about important developments taking place in the southern region as he stressed the need to focus on the commonalities between the people of the region and to strengthen them.
Vice-president Oqab Yahya gave an overview on the SOC’s work to renew national discourse and develop a national political vision as he reaffirmed commitment to Syria’s political, geographical and social unity.
Coordinator of the South Committee, Muhammad Qaddah, stressed the importance of the meeting in strengthening communication between the SOC and the people of Al-Suwayda province and overcoming all upcoming challenges.
For their part, the dignitaries from Jabal al-Arab raised many questions as they talked about their conditions and the massacres they suffered at the hands of the Assad regime and ISIS. They stressed their keenness to consolidate the historical brotherhood in the south as they stressed they will continue to confront attempts by the Assad regime, Iran and Russia to sow discord.
They also emphasized the need for a Syrian-led political solution, building a state that is based on the rule of law, constitution and freedoms, respect for freedom of religious belief, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, and human rights.
The two sides agreed to establish a follow-up committee to work with the SOC’s South Committee. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)