President of the Syrian Coalition Abdurrahman Mustafa and Secretary-General Nazir al-Hakim received Jean-Christophe Belliard, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and his accompanying delegation at the Coalition’s headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey.
The two sides discussed the latest developments with regards to the implementation of the Idlib agreement and the activation of civil administration in all liberated areas. They also discussed the political process and attempts by the Assad regime to hamper the process in favor of its bloody military project.
President Mustafa gave an overview of the recent visits by the Coalition to the liberated areas and the extensive meetings it held with representatives of local councils, judicial councils, the police corps, and FSA groups.
President Mustafa stressed that the region is in urgent need for effective civil administration as crucial to stabilization, improvement of security and the provision of better services to the civilian population.
“We are working on a number of projects aimed at bringing about radical changes in the general situation of the region by benefiting from the cessation of military operations following the signing of the Idlib agreement,” President Mustafa said. He added: “These changes will focus on bringing military operations to an end and achieving a transition to civil administration that gives priority to the work of the judiciary and police.”
Furthermore, President Mustafa underscored the importance of the European Union’s support for these projects aimed at improving the situation in the region and helping the civilians settle there. He pointed out that the EU countries are “a true partner of the Syrian people. We expect them to support our development and reform projects which will help us in confronting the Assad regime.”
Tabled for discussion was also the political process in Syria. President Mustafa stressed the need to benefit from the Idlib agreement which was reached through “remarkable Turkish efforts” to restart a genuine political process. He expressed hope to launch the work of the constitutional committee under the auspices of the United Nations next month as per recent remarks by the UN envoy to Syria in his latest briefing to the UN Security Council. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)