The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Communities Office held a meeting with the leaders of the Syrian community in the United States to discuss emerging issues in the region and the world as well as their repercussions on Syria.
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Salem Al-Meslet, Vice-Presidents Abdel Hakim Bashar and Abdulahad Astepho, Secretary of the political committee Abdel Majid Barakat, and Coordinator of the Communities Office Muhammad Yahya Maktabi.
Participants representing the Syrian community in the US included Zaki Lababidi, Mirna Barq, Wael Al-Sawah, Haitham Al-Bazm, Maysa Qabbani, Suzanne Meridin, Samer Al-Fattal, Zaher Sahloul, Firas Al-Helou, Shadi Martini, and Qutaiba Idilbi.
The two sides discussed the situation in the liberated areas and the recent demonstrations rejecting reconciliation with the murderous Assad regime. They also discussed the recent European steps, such as the visits made by some delegations to regime-held areas, in addition to the course of the reform process in the SOC.
They also discussed the educational problems and the living and economic crises in the liberated areas and how they are being affected by the global economic crisis. They also discussed the Assad regime and PYD terrorist militia’s continued attacks and shelling that target civilians in the liberated areas.
A-Meslet stressed that despite all the odds, the Syrian people demonstrated the solidity of their revolutionary will and expressed their rejection of all proposals for reconciliation with the regime, stressing that the Syrian people believe that Assad is the source of terrorism in Syria and the region.
Al-Meslet reaffirmed the SOC’s commitment to the international frameworks for a political solution, especially UN Resolution 2254, emphasizing the depth of the relationship with the Turkish ally. He pointed out that the reform process in the SOC is continuing and its goal is to empower the SOC and enhance representation and partnership. He reiterated the importance of the role of the Syrian communities abroad, especially in the US, and finding forms of cooperation and coordination between them and the SOC.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)