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In his meeting with French President Macron, Hijab praises the French recent official positions on the departure of Bashar al-Assad

Date Posted: 19 September 2017

A delegation from the High Negotiations Commission, chaired by the General Coordinator, Dr Riad Hijab, met French President Emmanuel Macaron Monday evening, 18 September 2017, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.


Hijab praised the initiative of the French president to form a working group, composed of the five permanent members plus the influential stakeholders in the region, saying that this initiative breaks the attempts of the regime-allied forces to monopolize formulating a political solution according to their expansionist ambitions and agendas to extend their influence across the border.


Dr. Hijab said that the most effective way to end the Syrian crisis and achieve a political transition is to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable for his crimes, killing more than half a million Syrians, deporting millions of Syrians, destroying infrastructure, ripping the Syrian social fabric, and inciting terrorism," stressing that the “departure of Assad and his gang of those who have been proven involved in crimes against the Syrians is one of the most popular demands to end the oppressive, dictator state and start a new phase of the rule of institutions and law."


“The call for keeping Bashar a;-Assad during the interim period would only exacerbate the existing crisis and prolong the regime's legitimacy.” Hijab said, “We do not have the authorization of the people to do so, especially since he has lost the support of most of the elements of Syrian society," he said.


Regarding the fight against terrorism, Hijab said that the opposition has supported the international coalition’s efforts, noting that the HNC's vision of a political solution includes "a comprehensive plan to confront the ideologies of extremism by addressing violence, tackling societal problems, and assimilating young people to reduce the risk of recruiting them to fight with a sympathetic organization and other extremist groups."