The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Department of Foreign Relations convened a regular meeting and discussed a number of major issues, especially the latest developments in the political process, the work of the Constitutional Committee, strengthening relations with Arab countries, and the issues of humanitarian access, Western sanctions, accountability and the use of chemical weapons.
Coordinator of the Department, Abdulahad Asteipho, stressed the deep relations with the European Union as he provided an overview on the strategy of the European Union in Syria and the ongoing preparations for donor conference due to be held in Brussels next month.
Member of the department, Dima Moussa, highlighted the steps being taken by the new US administration and their possible impact on Syria. She also talked about preparations for an upcoming visit and bilateral meetings with US officials.
Member of the department, Abdul Majid Barakat, talked about the Caesar Act sanctions, the Assad regime’s crimes in detention centers, the use of chemical weapons, and accountability.
Members of the department also discussed Arab affairs and the issue of the Syrian embassy in the State of Qatar, with Asteipho stressing the need to strengthen relations with the Arab states and Arab League.
The department hosted a member of the General Assembly, Fateh Hassoun, who gave a briefing on the recent Iranian moves in Syria and their impact on the situation on the ground and the political process. He also talked about the possible future scenarios as he put forward a set suggestions for ways to confront Iranian influence in Syria. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)