In a telephone-conversation with British Foreign Secretary Johnson; Hijab warns of Iran's attempts to circumvent international resolutionsDate Posted: 08 May 2017
Dr. Riad Hijab, the General Coordinator of the HNC, received a phone call from British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, May 8, 2017, and discussed the latest developments in the region and the dangers of Iran's attempts to circumvent international resolutions related to the Syrian issue through the Astana meeting.
Dr. Hijab said that talking about "de-escalation zones" is not compatible with the concept of "safe zones," as Iran mobilized more of its militias in Quneitra and Hama.
He also stressed that the Syrian people: "reject any role for Iran as a guarantor of the political process or as an observer to the cease-fire as they are the main reason for the suffering of the Syrian people, and that they( the Iranians) are behind the fueling sectarian tension and support terrorism and committing crimes against civilians."
He also stressed the need for the success of the international efforts to make a success of the truce in Astana and in Geneva, but at the same time he warned of violations of the agreements signed by the United Nations. The Shoaera`at air-base strikes proved that the best way to deal with the regime and its allies is to demonstrate firmness and seriousness in the implementation of UN resolutions.
He said that the progress of the political transition can only be achieved through international legitimacy and Security Council resolutions, stressing that the HNC shows flexibility and absolute cooperation with sincere international efforts to stop the fighting and start the process of political transition, but the regime is still not demonstrating any signals to either understand or cooperate with the international community.
Finally, he pointed out to the seriousness of the efforts exerted by some forces to legitimize the role of Iran and the existence of its sectarian militias and its mercenary groups in Syria, through the adoption of a UN resolution granting it the status of guarantor or observer.