The Syrian Coalition’s political committee discussed a plan to consolidate the civil administration in the province of Idlib in a meeting with head of the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) Jawad Abu Hatab and SIG’s ministers as well as representatives of local councils and civic bodies in northern Syria.
The discussions took place in the regular meeting of the political committee which was held in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and lasted for three days. The agenda of the meeting, which was presided over by President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa, included discussions of the latest political and field developments in Syria, most notably the Idlib agreement and ways to utilize it to revitalize the political process.
President Mustafa said that there is a pressing need to develop a plan to set up a civil administration in Idlib province following the signing of the Idlib agreement. He noted that the agreement was met with international acclaim as it averted a potential regime onslaught against civilians in the province. He underscored that the agreement will likely allow the consolidation of civil administration in the region through the Syrian Interim Government.
Mustafa said that the safety of civilians in the region “is our top priority,” adding that the Syrian Coalition is “constantly communicating with the Turkish guarantor to this end, especially with regard to the Assad regime violations’ and the sporadic bombardment on towns and villages in northern Syria.”
Mustafa also said that the meetings also discussed the opening of offices of the Syrian Coalition across northern Syria with the aim of getting closer to the revolution’s social base and ensuring the participation of all forces of the revolution and the opposition in the formulation of a unified vision of a political solution in Syria.
Moreover, Mustafa pointed out that the revolution and opposition forces are seeking to revitalize the political process as soon as possible and resume the negotiating process in accordance with the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council resolution 2254. “We are seeking to benefit from the Idlib agreement and other international developments to restart the negotiations process and initiate the work of the constitutional committee. The Assad regime cannot continue with its wriggling out of commitment to bring about a political transition in Syria in line with international resolutions.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)