President of the Syrian Coalition Anas Alabdah and a number of political committee members met with the US special envoy to Syria Michael Ratney in Istanbul on Wednesday.
The two sides discussed the latest political and field developments in Syria, particularly developments in the city of Aleppo. They also discussed the US-Russian talks on Syria.
Ratney said that the US-Russian talks are still underway, explaining that no final agreement has been reached yet. The US envoy stressed the need to prioritize efforts to urgently address the situation in Aleppo.
Both sides also discussed the issue of sieges imposed on civilians, describing it as no longer acceptable from any side. The meeting agreed on the need to ensure safe exit for civilians from the besieged areas and to put an end to the suffering of the Syrian people. The meeting also stressed the need to give a new push to the political process leading to the creation of a new Syria without Bashar al-Assad.
President Alabdah stressed the need to address the humanitarian situation in Aleppo and all areas across Syria as well so to find sustainable solutions to all besieged areas. He reiterated calls to stop the targeting of civilians and medical facilities and to release detainees in Assad’s prisons.
Alabdah pointed out that the sheer scale of the humanitarian tragedy in Syria makes it imperative that the UN Security Council find radical solutions and push for the full implementation of international resolutions on Syria. He also said that political process needs to be restated to bring about a political transition without Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle. (Source: Syrian Coalition)