Head of the opposition’s negotiation delegation Asaad Alzoabi said that the Syrian opposition, unlike the Assad regime and its allies, has always proved it is serious about reaching a political solution in Syria. He pointed out that a political solution in Syria has never been close due to the intransigence of the Assad regime.
In an interview with Shaam News Network on Wednesday, Alzoabi said that the statements made by the Assad regime and its allies on a political solution are just a smokescreen behind which they hide their real intentions and plans.
Russia has intervened in Syria to maintain its own interests in the region, while Iran is sending more militants to secure its interests, Alzoabi noted, adding that Russia and Iran have not intervened in Syria for the sake of Assad as a person.
In an interview with Alsharq Alawsat newspaper also on Wednesday, Alzoabi revealed ongoing plans to form a new rebel group in the north of Syria similar to the one operating in the south, which is known as the Southern Front. He referred to active efforts to unify the mainstream rebel and FSA groups in the north, alongside efforts to end the rebel infighting in eastern Ghouta.
Alzoabi pointed out that Iranian-backed and Hezbollah militias are being sent to Syria in increasing numbers, adding that more Afghan elements have recently began to arrive in Iran to receive military training to fight in Syria in return for money and promises of Iranian citizenship.
Alzoabi went on to say that statements made recently by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir about the need for alternative plans in Syria if Bashar al-Assad did not fully respect the truce have rekindled hope in the hearts of the Syrian people who were disappointed by the outcome of the latest Vienna meeting on Syria.
The new rebel military formation in the north will play a major role in the alternative plan if and when it materializes, Alzoabi said. (Source: Syrian Coalition)