President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem Al-Meslet, and Vice-President Abdulahad Astepho, held a meeting with Alessio Cappellani, Head of Division MENA of the Middle East and North Africa Directorate at the European External Action Service, and Dan Stoenescu, Head of EU Delegation to Syria. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the latest developments in the international and regional political landscape regarding Syria.
The SOC’s delegation strongly emphasized the importance of advancing a genuine political process that fulfills the hopes and aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom, justice, and democracy. They made it clear during the meeting that their struggle has always been, and continues to be, on behalf of all Syrians, regardless of their orientations, backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, or areas of residence. The SOC reiterated that their endeavors are always in the name of all Syrians without exception.
The delegation discussed the steps taken to normalize relations with the Assad regime, emphasizing that such actions will not discourage the Syrian people. On the contrary, they affirmed their commitment to continuing the revolution until the legitimate goals of freedom and dignity are achieved.
Highlighting the dire humanitarian situation in liberated areas, the delegation stressed the necessity of ongoing aid delivery across the border through crossings under the control of the Syrian Interim Government, such as Bab al-Salamah and Bab al-Hawa. They emphasized the importance of avoiding crossings controlled by the Assad regime, which uses them to support its militias in their fight against the Syrian people.
Additionally, the SOC’s delegation highlighted the destructive actions of the Assad regime, stating that it has worked and continues to work towards the destruction of Syria. They also mentioned the regime’s involvement in exporting terrorism and drugs, particularly Captagon, to countries worldwide.
The European officials reaffirmed the European Union’s stance against normalization with the regime unless it genuinely and effectively engages in a political solution aligned with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.
The SOC’s delegation called upon the European Union to back up its positive statements and positions against normalizing relations with the criminal Assad regime with tangible actions. They urged the EU to support international efforts that isolate the regime and hold it accountable for the war crimes committed in Syria over the past 12 years.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)