President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem al-Meslet, met with the Turkish Deputy Minister of the Interior, İsmail Çataklı, and discussed with him the situation of Syrian refugees in Turkey and the need to step up support for the freed territories.
Al-Meslet was accompanied by Head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG), Abdurrahman Mustafa, SOC’s Secretary-General Haitham Rahma, member of the political committee Badr Jamous, and Coordinator of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee Ahmed Bakkoura.
The two sides discussed the importance of addressing the legal status of Syrian refugees in Turkey and activating the role of the Syrian-Turkish Joint Committee as a link between Syrian refugees and Turkish official institutions.
Al-Meslet stressed that the Syrian people respect the Turkish people, their traditions and laws, as well as highly appreciate their great support for the Syrian people and their cause. He pointed to the need for continuing the holding of more meetings and technical committees to solve all problems.
Al-Meslet gave an overview on the situation in the freed territories, especially in the aftermath of the recent snowstorm that hit the region and the disaster it caused in the IDPs camps. He highlighted SIG’s efforts to provide assistance and services to the civilian population.
Mustafa spoke about SIG’s activities in the freed territories, pointing out that it is using the available resources to meet the needs of the Syrian civilians, secure decent livelihood, security and stability.
For his part, Mr. Çataklı reaffirmed his country’s continued support for the Syrian people until they regain their rights and achieve their demands. He also promised to address the obstacles that some Syrian nationals are facing in Turkey.
Mr. Çataklı stressed the importance of bigger cooperation to address the problems that the ministry faces on a daily basis as he stressed the need for Syrian refugees to continue to respect Turkish laws.
He also stressed that they are making every effort to provide all possible services to Syrian refugees in Turkey as well as following the situation of Syrian civilians in the freed territories and supporting their stability.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)