Hakim Calls on UK to Support Geneva Talks to Reach Political Transition

Secretary-General of the Syrian Coalition Nazir Hakim called on the United Kingdom to support the Geneva negotiations to bring about a political solution in line with the Geneva Communiqué of 2012 and the UN Security Council resolutions 2118 and 2254 calling for the establishment of a transitional governing body without Assad or his inner circle.

Hakim was speaking during a meeting with political officer Tom Shepherd and Nebras Hassan from the British consulate in Turkey. Shepherd praised the plan of action outlined by the new presidential body.

The two sides discussed the latest political and field developments, especially the sixth round of talks that began today in Geneva, Switzerland.

“British support for the political solution is very necessary in view of its influential role and its weight as a superpower,” Hakim said. The meeting was also attended by members of the Coalition’s political committee Salah Hamawi and Safwan Jandali.

The two sides stressed the importance of greater cooperation and coordination among the Syrian opposition institutions, pointing to the important role played by the United Kingdom in supporting the Syrian Coalition and the Syrian revolution since its early days.

The meeting also stressed the fact that the Coalition should take the lead role in delivering humanitarian assistance to those in need across Syria through its executive arms, namely the Syrian Interim Government (SIG) and Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU) and the local councils.

The next upcoming meeting between the two sides will focus on the humanitarian issues and the support provided by the British government in the areas of civil defense, education, local councils, and the free police force.

Hakim noted that the Coalition’s new plan of action needs support from all friends of the Syrian people.

(Source: Syrian Coalition’s Media Department / 17.05.2017)

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