Secretary-General of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), Haitham Rahma, said that the Assad regime has turned Syria into a narco-state, noting that the Assad regime is employing extensive networks to produce and export illicit drugs to Arab and European countries.
Rahma called on the international community, especially the United States and European Union countries, to establish a mechanism for deterring the Assad regime and its intelligence services that oversee drug factories in cooperation with the Hezbollah and Iranian militias.
Rahma indicated that the Assad regime relies heavily on drug networks to finance its war on the Syrian people and to circumvent Western sanctions, adding that international inaction towards the regime’s drug networks constitutes a major threat to the region and beyond.
He stressed that more than ever, there is a need today for international action to disrupt these networks and impose deterrent sanctions on the regime. He also stressed that the international community must press to impose a political solution that meets aspirations of the Syrian people.
(Source: SOC’s Media Department)