Prime Minister of the Syrian Interim Government, Ahmed Tomeh, said that Assad does not deserve a seat at the negotiating table, adding that the Syrian opposition agreed to negotiate with its regime out of keenness to serve the interests of the Syrian people and to put an end their suffering.
Tomeh was speaking earlier today at a press conference with interim ministers of health and communications at the interim government’s headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey.
“Having always done everything in our power to end the suffering of the Syrian people, we agreed to participate in the upcoming Geneva negotiations, which will be resumed in January, after running out of all other options to end the suffering of our people.”
Tomeh urged Arab and friendly countries to support the Syrian people against the Assad regime and the Russian aggression, adding that many Syrians are in urgent need for food, medicine and heating.
“Syrians have been going through tragic conditions and immense suffering caused by Assad’s daily massacres that have even surpassed those that took place during World War II. We, therefore, call upon the friends of the Syrian people to step up humanitarian support for the Syrian people, especially with the onset of winter.”
Tomeh added that Russian airstrikes have so far forced nearly 500,000 Syrians out of their homes. He criticized the international community for lack of commitment to the pledges it made towards helping the Syrian people.
“The Russians consider the Free Syrian Army and other rebel groups as terrorists. They are bombing civilian and military targets alike,” he added.
Tomeh also said that since the start of the Russian aggression on Syria on late September, Russian warplanes have targeted 14 hospitals, 14 aid warehouses, 9 educational facilities, 22 bakeries and 14 infrastructure facilities.
Tomeh concluded his remarks calling on the international community to provide the Free Syrian Army with advanced weaponry to ward off the Russian air attacks on Syria. (Source: Syrian Coalition)