The Syrian Opposition Coalition’s (SOC) Youth Office held a symposium under the title ‘the New US administration and the Syrian Situation’ under the supervision of Vice-president and Coordinator of the Office, Ruba Habboush. The Office hosted President of the Syrian American Council Zaki Lababidi.
The symposium brought together student and youth groupings, volunteer teams, academics and political activists.
Lababidi pointed out that a solution to the Syrian crisis is imminent, stressing that the vision for a solution must remain based on UN Resolution 2254 and a set of fundamental principles, chief among them is the rejection of any solution that keeps the Assad regime in power. He also stressed that a solution must achieve stability at a safe, neutral environment while committing to transitional justice, the disclosure of the fate of the missing, and the release of detainees.
Lababidi added that the Assad regime’s farcical elections, should they take place, will not receive international recognition, noting that Russia is likely to seek to postpone these elections due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He made it clear that the US administration will not allow the rehabilitation of the Assad regime and will continue to impose sanctions on the regime and its backers under the Caesar Act.
Lababidi also indicated that the US will not downsize its support for the Syrian people until the Iranian and Russian influence in the region is reduced. Participants emphasized that the Syrian revolution will continue until it achieve its goals regardless of the cost, pointing out that it is in the interest of the international community to bring about political transition and start building a Syrian that is based on freedom, democracy and justice. (Source: SOC’s Media Department)