The political committee of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC) convened its regular meeting on Thursday, addressing the latest developments in the field and political situation in Syria. The agenda for the upcoming week was reviewed, along with reports on the activities of various departments and working groups.
SOC’s President, Hadi Al-Bahra, and vice-presidents provided briefings on their recent week’s work. The committee summarized recent bilateral meetings, including discussions with the leadership of the Kurdish National Council and the Brotherhood Movement in Syria. These meetings paved the way for forthcoming discussions involving representatives from all SOC components and others with leaders of different Syrian political parties and movements. Topics covered included issues related to the Syrian conflict, developments in the political process, and current regional events. The SOC’s overall action plan was also outlined, emphasizing the need for regular communication to coordinate positions between SOC leadership, its components, and other political parties and movements.
Reports were presented by SOC’s representatives in friendly and sisterly countries, as well as the SOC’s office in Azaz and Turkish cities of Mersin, Gaziantep, and Hatay. The reports highlighted efforts to follow up on the affairs of Syrian refugees, providing assistance, facilitations, and consultations, while also updating relevant officials in host countries on Syria’s latest developments.
Discussion ensued on the recent Astana conference, with a video call featuring the head of the Astana delegation offering insights. The meeting emphasized the importance of calming the situation in Idlib, ceasing violations by the Assad regime, and ensuring commitment to previously reached military understandings. The head of the Astana delegation mentioned discussions about progressing on the detainees’ issue and expressed the guarantor states’ desire to resume meetings of the Constitutional Committee.
Naziha Silo, Coordinator of the SOC’s civil society organizations working group, presented an upcoming workshop scheduled for February in Gaziantep. The workshop aims to discuss critical issues such as response, relief, local development, the educational process, and healthcare services in Syria. The goal is to formulate a national plan for the advancement of northern Syria, to be implemented by the Syrian Interim Government.
The committee also received updates from the Legal and Human Rights Working Group, the Inter-faith Working Group, the Political Parties and Movements Working Group, and the Refugees and Displaced Persons Working Group.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)