In his meetings with US congressmen, Dr Hijab stressed on the need to reevaluate the political process and to hold Assad accountable.Date Posted: 05 April 2017
During his meeting with many congressmen in Washington yesterday, April 4th, the General Coordinator of the High Negotiation Committee (HNC), Dr Riyad Hijab stressed the urgent need to reevaluate the political process in light of the increasing crimes of the regime, and he called prosecute Bashar Al-Assad as a war criminal.
This statement was made during the meeting between Dr Hijab and Senator John McCain, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Congressman Steve Chabot, member of the foreign affairs committee, Congressman Carlos Curbelo and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. Hijab stressed on the necessity to reevaluate the political process after the last five Geneva talks and on the need to show more firmness in the application of the international resolutions concerning Syria.
In light of the massacre committed by the regime in Khan Sheikhoun in rural Idlib, Dr Hijab stressed that the regime should not have impunity or escape from punishment and should be prosecuted for the war crimes confirmed by international committees since 2011.
Dr Hijab stressed that the latest chemical massacre against the civilians in Khan Sheikhoun confirms that Bashar Al-Assad and his allies no longer care about the condemnation shown by the international community and no longer pay attention to the international resolutions that forbid the use of chemical weapons and other internationally-prohibited weapons, or the resolutions that call for a ceasefire, the entry of the humanitarian aids to the besieged cities and towns and for the release of the detainees.
The talks with the congressmen focused on the possible ways to prosecute the war criminals in Syria and to make sure they don't escape from punishment. Commenting on the change of the US position on the removal of Assad, Hijab said: "The Syrian people has made great sacrifices to gain its freedom and dignity, and it will accept nothing but removing and prosecuting Assad as a war criminal". Hijab also confirmed that Assad is, "The cause of terrorism in the region" and that "it's not possible to eliminate terrorism while Assad is still in power", especially since he was the one who brought the terrorism of IS (Daesh) and the sectarian militias and he was responsible for the state terrorism. Yesterday, the regime's helicopters targeted the city of Khan Sheikhoun by poisonous gas, which left 100 people dead and 400 others wounded, most of them were women and children.