President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Hadi Al-Bahra, convened a meeting on Friday with the Head of the European Union Delegation to Syria, Dan Stoinescu. During the meeting, they discussed the latest developments in Syria’s political and field situations.
The meeting was attended by Vice Presidents Abdel Majeed Barakat and Dima Moussa, as well as Coordinator of the Foreign Relations Department, Abdulahad Astepho.
Participants in the meeting discussed the European Union’s role in Syria, particularly its support for the Syrian people. This includes efforts to advance a comprehensive political solution through the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2254, which remains a fundamental demand of the Syrian people across the nation.
Attendees addressed the peaceful anti-regime movement in Suwayda and other regions of Syria. They also discussed the national slogans chanted by demonstrators, reflecting the demands of all Syrians. Key among these demands is the full implementation of UN Resolution 2254, aimed at establishing a state of equal citizenship grounded in principles of justice, freedom, dignity, the rule of law, and democracy.
The SOC emphasized the daily suffering experienced by Syrians in regime-controlled areas. This suffering is a consequence of systematic policies aimed at pushing Syrians to seek refuge and asylum in European Union countries. Both sides discussed the challenges and obstacles the regime places before UN and European organizations, hindering their efforts to alleviate the Syrian people’s suffering nationwide. This situation has led to a global understanding of the deep-rooted corruption within the regime and its various institutions.
Attendees unanimously agreed on several points: the regime’s persistent policies of obstruction, its lack of positive engagement in the UN-sponsored political process in Geneva, its continued reliance on a violent approach toward the Syrian people, and its production and export of drugs to countries in the region and worldwide. This drug trade constitutes a real threat, not just to the Syrian people but to countries around the world.
The humanitarian issue and the deadlock in the UN Security Council were also discussed. This deadlock has resulted in the failure to extend the resolution permitting international aid across the border, obstructing aid delivery to areas not under the regime’s control. To address this, alternative mechanisms to improve living conditions in these areas are vital. Al-Bahra outlined the SOC’s work plan for the next phase, emphasizing service level improvement, security, and the economic situation in these areas as priorities. He highlighted the importance of creating a secure environment and the rule of law to encourage investment and job opportunities in densely populated northern Syria. Additionally, they discussed plans to enhance education, support and rehabilitate universities, and ensure the recognition of their certificates. The importance of supporting the Syrian Interim Government in implementing this plan while fostering security and stability in the region was emphasized.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)