Dr. Riad Hijab is the former Prime Minister of Syria and General Coordinator of the High Negotiations Committee.

He holds a doctorate degree in agricultural engineering. He held several positions including head of the National Union of Students at Syria's Deir ez-Zor from 1989 to 1998, he undertook serveral official positions and responsibilities from 1998 to 2008. He was appointed governor of Quneitra in 2008 until 2011.

Dr. Hijab was appointed governor of Al-Laziqiya in February 2011, then assigned to the post of Minister of Agriculture in Adel Safar's government, which was formed in April 2011. He continued in that office until the resignation of the government, when he was assigned with forming a new government in June 6th, 2012.

On the 6th of August 2012, he defected from the Syrian regime and left with his family to Jordan, where the Free Syrian Army secured his release from Daraa along with his family. In a news conference at the Jordanian capital Amman, he confirmed his voluntary defection, declaring himself a loyal and dedicated soldier of the Syrian Revolution.

A message to the Syrian people

Syria’s High Negotiations Committee unveils its vision in London


Wednesday 7th September 2016

The High Negotiations Committee (HNC) launched its vision in an executive framework for political transition in Syria, on Wednesday 7 September 2016 in the British capital London. The vision represents a comprehensive approach for the negotiating process, transitional phase and general principles in which a new political future will take shape in Syria. The HNC vision was inaugurated under the auspices of the British Foreign Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, and in the presence of a number of foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria Group.


HNC Meets FM Boris Johnson

Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Today the High Negotiations Committee (HNC) launched its vision for a political transitional process in Syria. The HNC vision was unveiled under the auspices of the British Foreign Minister, Mr. Boris Johnson, and in the presence of a number of foreign ministers.



There's hope for Syria - but first, Assad must go


The situation in Syria – hundreds of thousands of civilians dead, millions displaced and cities and infrastructure destroyed – may from a distance seem insoluble; but pessimism is not the answer. There is a way forward, and it is set out in the plan for a new Syria we launched in London yesterday in the presence of Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, and other representatives of the international community.

As the starting point for a transition from an era of military dictatorship to one of democracy and tolerance, we demand the departure of Bashar al-Assad and his cronies.