President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem Al-Meslet, met with the Dutch Special Envoy for Syria, Gijs Gerlag, in Brussels to discuss the latest developments in the international and regional political scene concerning Syria. The meeting was attended by SOC’s Vice President, Abdulahad Astepho, and a member of the political committee, Muhammad Yahya Maktabi.
During the meeting, Al-Meslet expressed gratitude to the Netherlands for its support to the Syrian people during these challenging times. He emphasized the need for European support to reach all Syrian regions without discrimination, including those under the regime’s control, and highlighted the importance of monitoring and increasing UN aid.
Al-Meslet also addressed the stalled political process due to the Assad regime’s unwillingness to cooperate. He stressed the importance of moving forward with the implementation of UN resolutions concerning Syria, particularly the 2012 Geneva Communique and UN Resolution 2254. He reminded attendees that the Assad regime has committed numerous massacres against the Syrian people, including the Eastern Ghouta massacre involving chemical weapons.
The Dutch envoy emphasized three key principles: no to normalization, no to reconstruction, and no to lifting sanctions on the regime unless it actively facilitates a political solution. He assured that their efforts would continue to help the Syrian people achieve their aspirations through a political resolution.
The SOC’s delegation emphasized the necessity of intensifying their work and engaging with officials from European countries. They also highlighted the need to communicate with international parties to address the forced deportation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, which poses a threat to their lives. Additionally, they urged European countries to exert pressure on the Lebanese government to cease these deportations.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)