The Syrian National Coalition met with envoys and diplomats from the major actors and influential states in Syria, most notably the United States and the European Union to discuss the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Idlib as well as the war crimes and crimes against humanity being committed by the Russia and the Assad regime forces in northwestern Syria.
Chaired by the Coalition President, Anas al-Abda, the meeting brought together Head of the Syrian Negotiations Commission Nasr al-Hariri, Co-chair of the Constitutional Committee, Hadi al-Bahra, Head of the Syrian Interim Government, Abdurrahman Mustafa, and coordinators of the Coalition’s offices and departments.
Al-Abda conveyed to the envoys and diplomats the popular anger and resentment over the way friendly and sisterly states are dealing with the situation in Idlib, especially as it is part of international understandings as a “de-escalation zone.”
President Al-Abda stressed that the ongoing international inaction is mainly to blame for what is happening in Idlib, stressing that the international community has a responsibility to enforce international resolutions and protect civilians. He said: “The international community’s silence on the crimes taking place in Syria is encouraging the criminals to commit more crimes let alone worsening the overall situation in Syria.”
The international community’s silence about what is going on in Idlib will have a negative impact on the political process, President Al-Abda warned, adding that “Russia is seeking to encourage the Assad regime’s obstinate refusal to sit at the negotiating table.”
For his part, Mustafa gave an overview on the progress of SIG’s work as he submitted a report on the services projects that have been implemented recently, the development of the services institutions, and the improvement of security and stability in the liberated areas.
The meeting touched on the Caesar’s Act legalization which the US has recently adopted. President Al-Abda stressed the need to put the legalization into effect as soon as possible, noting that the international conditions are conducive to enforcing the act thus sparing the blood of the Syrian people and forcing the Assad regime to engage in the political process.
Participants in the meeting also discussed the economic crisis resulting from the sharp decline of the Syrian pound against the US dollar. They emphasized that the Assad regime is mainly to blame for the record collapse of the Syrian pound in view of its policies and its depletion of the country’s resources in its military operations against Syrian civilians. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)