Dr. Hijab in a meeting with the British Minister of Development: stability in Syria is linked to achieving a real political transitionDate Posted: 18 September 2017
A delegation from the High Negotiation Committee (HNC) headed by the General Coordinator of the Committee, Dr. Riad Hijab, met with Minister of State for International Development and Minister of State for the Middle East, Alistair Burt. In this meeting, Hijab stressed the commitment of the Syrian opposition to the political solution and the real and complete political transition in Syria, considering that this is the only way to achieve stability in Syria and the region and put an end to terrorism in the world.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on Monday 18 September 2017. The two sides discussed ways to stop the violations against the Syrian people and the need to take effective measures to eliminate the transformation of some areas of Syria as breeding ground for terrorism and fertile environment for spreading ideas of extremism, hatred and sectarian tension.
"Assad and all those involved in war crimes must be held accountable and referred to international courts” Dr. Hijab said during a meeting with the British minister, adding that the course of the political process in Geneva is the basis for finding a solution to the Syrian issue.
Dr. Hijab pointed out that the basic components of the High Negotiation Committee have played a key role in fighting terrorist organizations, noting that the committee has developed a comprehensive vision to confront "the ideologies of extremism by addressing violence in all its forms, addressing the problems and societal changes and containing the youth to reduce the risk of recruiting them to fight in the ranks of Daesh and other extremist groups.”
At the same time, Dr. Hijab warned of the dangers of neglecting the detainees file and being subjected to the process of political extortion practiced by the regime through the use of the suffering of the Syrians as a means to pressure the international community to accept its conditions, recalling UN reports that confirmed the involvement of Bashar Al-Assad in the use of chemical weapons and other internationally prohibited weapons against civilians and calling on the United Nations to shoulder its responsibilities as quickly as possible, and prevent the regime from committing further violations against the Syrians, including policies of forced displacement and ethnic and sectarian discrimination.