The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) emphasized the importance of reinvigorating the political process and advancing the implementation of UN resolutions on Syria, particularly UN Resolutions 2118 and 2254, to achieve a genuine political transition in the country. This was discussed during a meeting with British and German diplomats in Istanbul, where the two sides also addressed the latest developments in the field and the political situation in Syria.
In attendance were SOC’s Vice President Abdel Majeed Barakat, Secretary-General Haytham Rahmeh, Coordinator of the Foreign Relations Department Abdulahad Astepho, and political committee member Abdallah Kaddo.
From the German side, Alexander Kasper, advisor to Syria at the German Embassy in Ankara, participated, and from the British side, Elinor Liebmann, Syria officer at the British Embassy in Beirut.
The SOC emphasized the international consensus that the regime rejects all solutions and its refusal to allow the Constitutional Committee to complete its task of drafting a new constitution that reflects the Syrian people’s aspirations. They agreed on the necessity of exploring alternative methods to revitalize the political process and open new avenues for progress.
Discussions also covered the humanitarian situation and the suffering of the Syrian people, which has reached a critical level due to the obstruction of UN resolutions for humanitarian aid delivery across the border. The meeting underscored the need to find alternatives to alleviate the hardship faced by civilians due to tensions within the UN Security Council.
Furthermore, the attendees discussed the situation in eastern Syria, particularly in Deir Ezzor province, where the PYD terrorist militia has launched aggression against villages and towns, committing heinous crimes against civilians and steadfastly rejecting the possibility of local residents managing their areas independently. The SOC asserted that the PYD militia’s actions aim to undermine the Syrian social fabric and serve non-Syrian agendas.
In response, both British and German officials reaffirmed their countries’ support for the Syrian people, their legitimate demands, and their aspirations for freedom and democracy.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)