President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Salem al-Meslet, and SOC’s Secretary-General, Haitham Rahma, met the Syrian community in the Turkish province of Hatay.
The meeting brought together members the SOC’s political committee and General Assembly, representative of the Turkish Foreign Ministry in Hatay, Ambassador Serdar Cengiz, Deputy Head of the Justice and Development Party in Hatay, Mr. Necdet Bök, and representatives of civil and revolutionary institutions in the province.
Al-Meslet gave an overview on the course of the Syrian revolution and the critical junctures it has gone through over the past ten years. He pointed out that the popular, political and military forces of the revolution successfully dealt with many of these turns while showing steadfastness at many others.
Al-Meslet pointed out that the revolution today needs a real qualitative leap in revolutionary work, especially with regard to enhancing opportunities for cooperation and developing institutional work.
He also talked about the brutal blockade and crimes that the Assad regime and its backers are imposing on Dara’a city. He also touched on the situation in Idlib and the ongoing escalation by the Assad regime, stressing that Russia is unlikely to engage in any fruitful political efforts. He added: “Russia is only good at the manufacture of death and supporting rogue criminal regimes.”
Moreover, al-Meslet talked about the plight of detainees in the Assad regime’s prisons, Syrian refugees, and the impact of the stifling global economic crisis on Syrians. He also gave an overview on the developments in the political process.
For his part, Rahma stressed that the Assad regime has become a thing of the past and that all attempts to rehabilitate it will be doomed to failure.
Rahma called on all Syrians to close ranks, unify efforts, uphold the gains of the revolution and its institutions, address the weaknesses, and make a difference in the liberated areas by finding a good alternative to the Assad regime.
Rahma stressed that the Syrian revolution continues despite all the odds. He stressed that what is happening in Dara’a today has various indications, most notably the greatness of this people and their insistence on their freedom and independence at all costs, and that ten years of criminality by the Assad regime and its backers did not weaken the Syrian people’s resolve or dissuade them from pursuing their rightful demands. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)