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01 August 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abda met with President of the Turkish Confederation of Public Servants and Trade Union (MEMUR-SEN) Ali Yalçın and discussed with him the situation of the Syrian nationals in Turkey, especially the latest measures in Istanbul.

President al-Abda stressed that the goal of the meeting is to work to improve the conditions of work for Syrian nationals in all Turkish cities and settle their legal status in their workplaces.

Tabled for discussions were also the issues of education in general and the teaching of the Arabic language for Syrian children in Turkish schools in particular. Both sides also discussed the development of training and development programs in partnership between the Union and the staff of the Syrian Coalition and the Syrian Interim Government.

For his part, Mr. Yalçın stressed the support of the Union for the Syrian people in general and Syrian refugees in Turkey in particular. He stressed that they will spare no effort to support the cause of the Syrian people in Turkey and everywhere in the world.

The Syrian Coalition continues to communicate with the Turkish authorities with the aim of mobilizing support and to overcome the obstacles facing the Syrian refugees in Turkey which is hosting more than three million Syrian refugees. The Coalitions is also seeking increased, constant coordination with the Turkish government to address the issues of the Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department + Anadolu Agency)

31 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition hailed calls by member States of the UN Security Council to launch an internal UN investigation into the Assad regime and Russia’s bombing of UN-supported hospitals in Idlib and rural Hama over the past three months.

Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition, Dima Moussa, said that the Assad regime and Russian forces have committed the most heinous war crimes by targeting hospitals, civil defense centers, residential areas, popular markets and places of worship. She described these attacks as deliberate, which requires urgent action by the UN Security Council to stop these violations.

Moussa added that the UN Security Council is “at the risk of losing its credibility in front of the whole world as the international organization tasked with maintaining international peace and security. She called for effective, serious steps to condemn these violations and ensure an immediate end to these attacks.

The UK, France, the US, Germany, Belgium, Peru, Poland, Kuwait, Dominican Republic and Indonesia - collectively representing two-thirds of the council - on Tuesday delivered a formal diplomatic petition to the secretary general questioning the lack of an inquiry into attacks on UN-supported facilities.

Moussa stressed the need for holding perpetrators of war crimes in Syria accountable, noting that the Assad regime and Russia’s insistence on their criminal behavior have stalled the political process and undermined the ‘de-escalation zones agreement.’ She said that the sabotage of this agreement, which should have formed the basis for a ceasefire in the region, have undermined chances for reaching a political solution in Syria.

Moreover, Moussa said that civilians in Idlib and rural Hama suffer dire humanitarian conditions because of the ongoing shelling, pointing out that the targeting of vital facilities have so far forced hundreds of thousands of civilians out of their homes thus risking ushering in a new mass wave of refugees. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

29 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee met with representatives of political parties and bodies. The meeting expressed a high level of interaction as all sides stressed the need to hold more of these meetings, especially at this stage.

The meeting, which was coordinated by the Coalition's Parties Office, brought together representatives of the National Democratic Conglomerate, the Syrian National Democratic Bloc, the Syrian Turkoman Council, and independent politicians. They discussed together the latest political and on the ground developments in Syria.

Following the welcoming speech by the Coordinator of the Office of Political Parties and Bodies Abdullah Kaddo, Vice-President of the Coalition Okab Yahya spoke about the Office's plans for communication and interaction. Hey also talked about the Coalition’s most important plans of action for the current and upcoming phases, most notably the plans to reach out to all the opposition political parties and movements as well as to discuss all proposals and suggestions.

Members of the political committee, Nazir al-Hakim and Mohammed Yahya Maktabi gave a detailed overview of the meeting held last week with the Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu and the most important points that were agreed upon, most importantly the agreement to form a joint committee to discuss and address the situation of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

They also discussed the nature of this committee as they stressed the Coalition’s keenness on engaging civil society activists and organizations interested in this issue.

Moreover, al-Hakim and Maktabi underscored the importance of holding further meetings, including with the governor of Istanbul, the Turkish Ministry of Labor, and the governors of Turkish provinces hosting high percentage of Syrian refugees.

Hadi Al-Bahra, member of the political committee and the Syrian Negotiations Commission, gave a detailed overview of the latest political developments, the current situation in Idlib, the and possible scenarios for the future of the region.

Al-Bahra also touched on the developments in the political process and the formation of the Constitutional Committee. He also talked about agreements on the independent members of the Committee, the joint chairmanship, and the mechanisms for voting. He stressed the importance of beginning with the creation of the safe environment and the Coalition’s vision for the political solution.

Secretary-General of the Coalition Abdul Basit Abdul Latif and member of the political committee Abdul Majid Barakat gave a brief about the meeting with the US envoy for Syria and the most important points that were discussed. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

27 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition on Saturday met with activists, lawyers and intellectuals from the Afrin region who reside in Turkey and discussed with them the latest on the ground and political developments as well as the reality of the situation in Afrin and ways to develop the administrative and organizational work.

The meeting, which was organized by the Kurdish National Council, a component of the Coalition, was attended by Vice-president Abdul Hakim Bashar, Secretary General Abdul Basit Abdul Latif, members of the political committee Nazir al-Hakim and Abdullah Kaddo.

The Secretary-General conveyed the greetings of the Coalition President, Anas al-Abda as he highly welcomed proposals made by the people of the Afrin region. He stressed the need for more meetings and their continuity, stressing that the principle of partnership, communication and cooperation can overcome the obstacles.

Vice-president Abdul Hakim Bashar said that the Syrian Kurds must be aware of tricks by the PYD militia and prevent it from exploiting the violations to serve its own goals. “We have to be aware of the fact that we cannot change the geography. The Kurds should try to have the best relations with the neighboring countries, especially with Turkey as well as with all components of the Syrian society.

Bashar added that the PYD militia has sought since the beginning of the Syrian revolution to distance the Kurds from the revolution and urged them not to participate in it. “The militia also avidly sought to drive a wedge between Arabs and Kurds and other components of the Syrian society as well as to distract the Kurds from the demand to topple the regime through the creation of enmity which is not in our interests either with the Syrians or with neighboring countries.”

Moreover, Bashar pointed to the need to identify the reality of the situation in the region of Afrin and cooperate with the Coalition’s institutions and not allow any political party to work for foreign agendas and goals. He also called on the people of the region to submit written proposals for the Coalition to consider and seek to address.

For their part, the people of the Afrin region underscored the need to fight corruption in the region, noting that the negative behavior of some elements in the region damaged the image of the revolution.

They also pointed out that this behavior also reflected negatively on the political institution that represents the Syrian revolution, namely the Syrian Coalition. They stressed that punishing the corrupt elements and purging the revolution institutions will reflect positively on the Coalition as a political institution and will reflect great credit on it among the people of the region.

Both sides also discussed the security situation and how to control the issue of weapons by the official bodies in the Ministry of Defense in the new cabinet of the Syrian Interim Government. They also discussed the activation of the unions in Afrin, especially the Bar Association and the Engineers Syndicate as well as all institutions of the Syrian Interim Government throughout the Afrin region. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s Al-Jazeera and Al-Furat Committee held a series of meetings with various local committees in rural Aleppo and discussed with them the latest developments in east of the Euphrates region, the mechanism to set up local councils, and the participation of the local population in the management of their areas.

The Committee met with representatives of the Deir Ezzor Displaced People Commission, the political committee of the eastern region of Jarablus, dignitaries of the town of Al-Bukamal, and the National Eastern Conglomerate. Participants in the meeting stressed the importance of communication between the Syrian Coalition and the people who were displaced from the eastern region.

Okab Yahya, Vice-president of the Coalition and Coordinator of the Committee, said that that Coalition gives special importance to the future of the eastern region, especially in light of the US-Turkish understandings to establish a safe zone east of the Euphrates River and preparations to allow the people of the region to manage their own areas without the intervention of the PYD militia.

Yahya pointed out that the Committee recveived numerous complaints about the way relief aid is distributed to the people in the eastern region and about manipulation of the formation of local councils in the region, such as the imposition of some personalities on these councils.

For his part, Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Basit Abdul Latif said that the Coalition is working to remove all the obstacles facing the people of the eastern region. He described the meetings as “positive and fruitful” and said: “We exchanged valuable views and visions for the future of east of the Euphrates region.”

Abdul Latif pointed out that the Coalition will work to strengthen the relationship and communications with the people of the eastern region in cooperation with the Syrian Interim Government, adding that this will reflect positively on those people’s ability to manage their own areas. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s political committee held its periodic meeting at the Coalition’s office in Aleppo countryside.

Members of the committee discussed the latest on the ground and political developments as well as reviewed the reports and activities carried out in recent months. They also reviewed the results of meetings held by the presidential body and the Office of Foreign Relations with representatives of friendly countries.

The committee also discussed the bloody attacks resulting from the military operations being launched by the Assad regime and Russian forces in Idlib and northern rural Hama. Members of the committee condemned the “heinous war crimes” taking place in the region as they called for an end to the bombardment and recommitment to the Idlib Agreement calling for a ceasefire in the province.

Moreover, the committee pointed to the importance of action by the international organizations to relieve civilians, especially in light of the mass waves of displacement of civilians and their threat to the host countries. They also stressed the importance of the resumption of support to the medical sector and not allowing the Assad regime and Russia to step up pressure on civilians to force them to surrender.

Hadi al-Bahra, member of the political committee and also the Syrian Negotiations Commission, briefed the committee on the Commission’s meeting with the international envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen in the Saudi capital Riyadh last week. He also gave an overview of the latest developments in the constitutional process, especially the formation of the Constitutional Committee.

The political committee also met with representatives of civil and military organizations, including the head of the political bureau of the National Liberation Front who briefed the participants on the current situation on the ground and the immense sacrifices being made by the rebel and FSA fighters to achieve the aspirations of the Syrian people for freedom and dignity. He also gave a brief on the efforts to unify the FSA formations. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

26 July 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abda sent a letter to 26 friendly states, the Islamic Cooperation Organization, the Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Arab League about the atrocities taking place against civilians in Idlib and Hama as a result of the onslaught the Assad regime and Russia have launched in the region since late April.

“It is with great urgency that I write to you on behalf of the Coalition and the Syrian People as a whole to draw your attention to the catastrophic situation on the ground in Hama and Idlib provinces,” President al-Abda said.

The letter stressed that the Assad regime and Russian forces are deliberately targeting civilian infrastructure, including healthcare facilities, schools, civil defense centers, and places of worship. These attacks have left dozens of people missing, injured, and trapped under the rubble of bombed buildings. 

Moreover, President al-Abda said that these attacks amounted to war crimes as he stressed that the international community is to blame as it remains silent.

“The victims of these attacks are not only the victims of the Assad regime and its allies, but also the victims of the international community’s inaction and indifference.”

The letter went on: “It is clear that the Assad regime and its allies will insist on pursuing their policies, and continue to refuse any options other than mass murder of anyone that opposes the Assad regime. It is imperative, therefore, that the international community shoulder its responsibility with regard to the ongoing atrocities.”

The letter reaffirmed that the United Nations and the international community “are capable of and have an obligation to put an end to these crimes.”

Furthermore, President al-Abda said that the ongoing atrocities were aimed at undermining efforts to responsibly and seriously engage in a political process under the auspices of the United Nations in accordance with the relevant resolutions, including UNSCR 2254 (2015).

The letter warned of the consequences of the ongoing deadly attacks in rural Hama and Idlib province, home to more than four million civilians, many of whom are IDPs multiple times.

“The continuation of this military campaign risks to create a new wave of refugees’ exodus beyond the Syrian borders.”

“We count on the good will and efforts of your government to swiftly address this critical situation with an immediate ceasefire, provision of humanitarian assistance including resumption of aid to health care facilities, and ultimately help the Syrian people fulfill their just demands of freedom, justice and dignity.” (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

25 July 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syria Coalition Anas al-Abda on Thursday held a press conference to talk about the ongoing military escalation by the Assad regime and Russia in the ‘de-escalation zone’ in northwestern Syria and the situation of the Syrian residents and refugees in Turkey.

“The Syrian people are victim of genocide in which the international community is complicit directly or indirectly,” al-Abda said. He pointed out that the past week witnessed bloody attacks in Idlib, Hama and Lattakia provinces as part of the bombing campaign being launched by the Assad regime and Russian forces against Syrian civilians.

Al-Abda added that massacres were taking place “at the rate of one massacre every day,” stressing that these attacks constituted war crimes especially as they are targeting popular markets, schools and hospitals amid total inaction by the international community.

Moreover, al-Abda said that what is happening in Idlib is a “dark stain on the forehead of the international community.” He pointed out that the Coalition sent many memos to the United Nations and the major players but “these did not come up with any result, which constituted “a continued failure to put an end to the crimes and an ignominious moral failure.” He added that these crimes are taking place on a daily basis and “under the watchful eyes of the whole world which is watching the Russian and Assad regime warplanes as they bomb innocent civilians.”

The Assad regime and Russia are "lying" when they talk about a truce, political solution, and the constitutional process, al-Abdag said. He wondered as to “how can the Russians claim they are seeking a political solution while they are directly involved in war crimes?”

Al-Abda stressed that a political solution now is “a mere delusion aimed at deceiving the Syrian people as long as massacres and crimes continue against them.”

Furthermore, al-Abda extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to the FSA fighters who are fending off the Assad regime and Russia’s violent attacks. “We are indebted to the heroic fight being put up by the heroes of the Free Syrian Army who have destroyed the myth of the Russian military machine. We are honored to serve these heroes. The Syrian people at home and abroad have a duty to support the resistance of the FSA.”

Regarding the situation of the Syrian refugees in Turkey, al-Abda stressed that there is no change in the policy of the Turkish government towards the Syrian refugees. He pointed out that the recent measures are in the interests of the two sides as they are intended to regulate their presence and cover it legally.

Al-Abda warned of attempts by some parties to sabotage the strong relationship between the Syrian and Turkish peoples. “When we attended the anniversary of the Battle of Çanakkale with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, we saw the graves of the Syrian and Turkish martyrs laid side by side. The relations between us did not began in 2011 or a decade ago, but are historic relations. Our blood once blended together.”

He pointed out that he agreed with the Turkish Interior Minister, Mr. Süleyman Soylu, to form a joint committee to settle the status of the Syrian refugees in Turkey and to make their presence legally covered. He pointed out that he put forward urgent humanitarian requests, most notably calls for stopping the deportation of the Syrian refugees, settling the status of the households who have a Temporary Protection ID card issued by another province, and extending the time period given to the Syrian refugees to settle their status.

Al-Abda also talked about the importance of facilitating access to work permits for the Syrian refugees in Turkey, noting that the Coalition intends to meet with the Turkish Minister of Labor in the next few days to discuss the issue. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

24 July 2019 In Coalition News

President of the Syrian Coalition Anas al-Abda, met with the Turkish Interior Minister, Süleyman Soylu in the Turkish capital Ankara on Wednesday and discussed with him the situation of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

President al-Abda was accompanied by senior delegation including officials in charge of the key issues. He stressed to the Turkish minister that the Coalition’s top priority for the coming period is to look after the affairs of the Syrian refugees in Turkey.

President al-Abda put forward important suggestions and proposals during the meeting. He pointed out that the meeting discussed ways to strengthen the partnership between the two sides so as to reach practical solutions as he described the meeting as "fruitful and successful."

Moreover, President al-Abda said that “the meeting took place in an atmosphere of positivity and optimism.” He added that they agreed with the Turkish side on the formation of a joint committee to be headed by Ismail Çatakli, Deputy Minister of Interior, and the Coalition president.

The Coalition will communicate with the relevant Syrian sides in this issue to represent the Syrian side in in this committee, added President al-Abda. He pointed out that the committee’s goal is to convey the Syrians’ unified voice to the Turkish government and vice versa. It will also seek to coordinate the work and reach solutions to the issue of the Syrian refugees and residents in Turkey.

President al-Abda explained that the committee will start its work immediately, adding that the Coalition will hold several other meetings with several official bodies in the near future in order to achieve the greatest degree of cooperation. He added that the Coalition is taking many steps to communicate with everyone.

The Coalition president intends to hold a press conference early next week to explain the results of the work of the Committee and the decisions that will be reached with the Turkish government. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

24 July 2019 In Coalition News

The Syrian Coalition’s Supreme Hajj Committee announced the arrival of the first batch of Syrian intending pilgrims to the city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, coming from the Turkish airport of Hatay.

The Committee said that the first batch comprised 167 pilgrims who entered Turkey through Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

The intending pilgrims were received by the administrative staff of the Committee which has managed the affairs of the Syrian pilgrims for the seventh consecutive year.

The Committee has been catering for intending Syrian pilgrims regardless of their places of residence or political affiliations. In addition to helping them obtain travel visas, the Committee’s staff accompany the pilgrims until they reach the Holy Land. The Committee’s administrative, medical and services staff cater for the wellbeing of the pilgrims until they finish Hajj and return home.

Over the past several years, the Syrian Hajj mission has gained the respect of all other missions thanks to the Committee’s effective organization and the discipline shown by the Syrian pilgrims.

The Coalition praised the effective, close cooperation between the Committee and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. “The Coalition, as has been the case over the past years, is keen to ensure that all Syrian citizens from everywhere in Syria have access to the services being provided by the Supreme Haj Committee without any exceptions.”

The Coalition thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the care and services they are providing to the pilgrims and for facilitating their affairs and meeting all their needs to perform the Hajj rituals smoothly and with ease.

The Coalition signed off on the Syrian Hajj policy of 2019 in February, with the contract including a raise in Syria’s quota to 22,500 pilgrims, up from 19,000. More batches will arrive in Saudi Arabia coming from Syria and the neighboring countries. (Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department)

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