The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Office of Syrian Communities Abroad, in coordination with the office of the SOC’s representative in the United States, held a virtual meeting with Syrian-American organizations active in political affairs. The meeting came as part of the efforts to strengthen coordination and cooperation as well as utilize the effective political efforts of the Syrian community in the United States.
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri, Coordinator of the Office of Foreign Relations Abdulahad Asteipho, Coordinator of the Office of Syrian Communities Abroad Muhammad Yahya Maktabi, the SOC’s Representative in the United States Qutayba Idilbi, and the SOC’s representative in the United Nations, Maryam Shalabi.
Participants also included leaders of the Syrian-American Council, Americans for a Free Syria group, Citizens for a Secure and Safe America group, Kayla Group for Political Advocacy, and the Free Syria Group for Political Advocacy.
Participants discussed the latest developments in Syria and the possible vision of the incoming US administration for Syria. Al-Hariri talked about the situation in the liberated areas, highlighting the dire living conditions that more than five million Syrian civilians are suffering from, many of whom are IDPs.
Al-Hariri also highlighted the suffering of the population in the PYD-held areas east of the Euphrates, stressing the need to convey the correct picture of this militia to the new American leadership and to expose the crimes they are still committing against civilians as well as its organic links to the PKK terrorist organization.
Moreover, al-Hariri gave an overview on the latest developments in the political process and the results of the fourth round of talks by the Constitutional Committee, noting that the Assad regime continued with its policy of procrastination to gain more time. He also talked about the upcoming round of talks due to take place in January, stressing the need to discuss all the baskets laid out in UN resolution 2254 and work on them in parallel with the Constitutional Committee.
He also stressed the importance of preparing for all political developments and combining the efforts of all components of the Syrian people and the institutions of the Syrian revolution in order to face the upcoming challenges and preserve the demands and aspirations of the Syrian people.
For their part, leaders of the Syrian-American organizations talked about the role of the SOC in the political process and the role of the Syrian community and the US-based Syrian organizations in clarifying the Syrian issue. They also proposed holding meetings with the incoming US administration to clarify the SOC’s vision for a political solution in Syria and the importance of reaching a solution in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Resolution 2254, and helping the Syrian people achieve their aspirations for freedom, dignity and democratic transition. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)