The Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) Dialogue Committee held its fourth consultative meeting under the title “Administrative and Political Reform in the SOC” with the participation of a broad spectrum of Syrian society.
The meeting is one of a series of national consultative meetings that aim to discuss the political reality in order to reach a vision for an inclusive national project and respond to the challenges facing the Syrian revolution.
The meeting brought together SOC’s President Nasr Al-Hariri, Vice President Oqab Yahya, Coordinator of the Dialogue Committee, Abdul Ilah Fahd, members of the Committee Bahjat Al-Atassi, Muhammad Qaddah, Salem Al-Musalat and Ahmed Tomeh.
Al-Hariri stressed the importance of carrying on with political and administrative reform in the SOC’s institutions and executive bodies. He also stressed the importance of issuing a document to renew national discourse and reach out to the various groups of the Syrian people. He also gave an overview on the latest on the ground and political developments as well as the major activities that the SOC has recently carried out in the liberated areas and at the international level.
Participants in the meeting also discussed the SOC’s charter of rights and freedoms, national discourse, and political vision. VP Yahya gave an overview on these charters as he stressed the importance of their role in writing a new constitution and outlining a clear vision for the future of Syria.
Atassi talked about the administrative and reform aspects in the SOC by focusing on the presence of the SOC in the liberated areas and the opening of a new office in the town of Tal Abyad. He also said that the SOC has recently opened an office in the Turkish capital Ankara and strengthened its diplomatic representation in Arab and foreign states, including Egypt, Jordan, the US, Belgium, France, Britain and Germany, with the representatives holding these offices composed mainly of dissident diplomats.
Qaddah talked about the SOC’s steps to expand its representation by coopting new members representing the various components of the Syrian people and by renewing the representation of the military bloc. He said that the SOC’s membership committee is studying applications submitted by political parties and blocs as well as community bodies. It is also studying coopting representatives of local councils and the revolutionary movement.
Tomeh stressed the importance of the committee’s efforts and its study of the applications with the aim of attracting members with competencies and reaching the broadest representation of the revolutionary and political forces that are active on the ground. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)