The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) political committee held a virtual meeting with Dr. Zaki Lababidi, President of the Syrian American Council. Organized by the SOC’s Office of Communities, the meeting discussed the developments in Syria and the global changes resulting from the coronavirus crisis and their possible impact on the situation in Syria.
Members of the political committee ascertained the health and living conditions of members of the Syrian community in the US in light of the coronavirus pandemic, which has spread globally, especially in the United States.
Dr. Lababidi gave an overview of the impact of the crisis on the US’s foreign policy, pointing out that the US position is still based on the enforcement of international resolutions on Syria, most importantly UN Security Council resolution 2254 and the Geneva Communique of 2012. He also talked about the impact of the sanctions on the Assad regime and the implementation of the Caesar Act to force the regime to sit at the negotiating table and agree to a political solution.
The two parties discussed the latest report by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons which confirmed the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in three attacks on the town of Latamina in rural Hama in 2017. They stressed the importance of the report and the need for Washington to take practical steps to hold those responsible for those attacks accountable in accordance with Article 21 of UN Security Council Resolution 2118.
Lababidi also talked about the preparations in the US for the presidential elections due to be held at the end of this year and their possible impact on Syria.
Coordinator of the Communities Office, Yahya Maktabi, praised the important, effective role of the Syrian community in the US and in many other countries in highlight the true face of the Syrian revolution and defending the rights of the Syrian people for freedom, democracy, pluralism and the rule of law. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)