President of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Hadi Al-Bahra, held a meeting with the French envoy to Syria, Brigitte Curmi, at the French Palace in Istanbul on Monday to discuss the latest developments in Syria.
In attendance were SOC’s Vice Presidents Abdel Majeed Barakat and Dima Moussa, Secretary-General Haytham Rahmeh, and political committee member Bahjat Al-Atassi. The meeting focused on current political developments in light of the Assad regime’s ongoing obstructionist policies, hindering progress on any of the four baskets of the political process as outlined in Resolution 2254 (2015).
Al-Bahra highlighted the significance of the Syrian Negotiations Commission’s efforts to advance the political process and achieve a solution through the full implementation of UN resolutions on Syria, particularly Resolution 2254. He urged France to continue supporting these efforts in international forums.
The discussions also addressed ways to boost the local economy in liberated areas and the challenges faced by the Syrian Interim Government in meeting the needs of the population amidst declining international aid and increasing humanitarian requirements.
Vice President Barakat addressed the difficulties faced by young people, emphasizing the importance of supporting their needs, particularly in advancing universities and recognizing their degrees. Vice President Dima Moussa expressed SOC’s appreciation for the French government’s unwavering support for revitalizing the political process and meeting the aspirations of the Syrian people, highlighting the active role of Syrian women.
Mrs. Curmi reiterated the steadfast French position advocating for the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254. She emphasized the French government’s refusal to normalize relations with the regime, lift sanctions, or contribute to Syria’s reconstruction without achieving tangible and irreversible progress in the political process.
Al-Bahra outlined the SOC’s action plan in northern Syria, aiming to empower the Syrian Interim Government to enhance the security, legal, economic, educational, and health conditions in liberated areas. The goal is to create a stable environment conducive to investment, aligning with the aspirations of the Syrian people and effecting positive change in the region.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)