Vice-president of the Syrian National Coalition, Okab Yahya, said that the Assad regime bears full responsibility for the deteriorating economic conditions in the country. He emphasized that the regime wasted the state’s resources in an attempt to crush the Syrian revolution demanding freedom and dignity as well as the establishment of a state that is based on justice and equality.
Yahya said that the Coalition is racked with pain as it is following the immense suffering Syrian civilians are enduring as a result of the soaring prices of basic commodities triggered by the record low decline in the value of Syrian pound.
Moreover, Yahya said that the policies of Bashar Al-Assad, which he pursued to serve his personal goals and not the Syrian state or the Syrian people, are mainly to blame for the decline of the Syrian pound. These policies also caused economic stagnation, Yahya said, citing the regime’s destruction of hundreds of factories, companies, and markets and its spending of huge amounts of money on sectarian militias. He stressed that the Assad regime’s policies also left millions of young people jobless.
“How long will the Syrian people endure the skyrocketing prices and the unspeakable suffering? Yahya asked. He stressed that the only solution in Syria is through ending the regime’s depletion of the country’s resources and serious engagement in the political process in order to implement international resolutions, especially the Geneva Communique of 2012 and UN Security Council Resolution 2254. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)