SOHR exclusive | “Our relations with Turkey are constructive, and it will never expel us from its territory,” says SNC leader Ahmad Tu’mah • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights
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SOHR exclusive | “Our relations with Turkey are constructive, and it will never expel us from its territory,” says SNC leader Ahmad Tu’mah

In an exclusive interview with SOHR, the leader in the Syrian National Coalition (SNC), Ahmad Tu’mah has confirmed that reports circulating about Ankara’s demand to SNC members to leave Turkey as soon as possible and suspend all political and partisan activities are completely untrue.

 

Tu’mah says, “this piece of news is completely false, and it is fabricated by Al-Assad’s regime and its proxies. Such reports come as a part of media warfare which aims at debilitating the revolutionaries’ determination and undermining the Syrian opposition. The relations between the Coalition and Turkish ally are very strong, and such fabricated lies cannot detract from the Coalition. Turkey’s stance towards the Syrian Revolution has not changed, as Ankara has been clinging to supporting the people’s demands to reach a state of freedom and dignity and to enjoy living in a democratic and safe country.”

 

Ahmad Tu’mah has described the latest meetings between SNC members and Turkish authorities as “successful and constructive,” noting that they came under the ongoing coordination for finding a solution for the Syrian crisis and reaching a political settlement based on the Security Council resolutions and the Declaration of Geneva, mainly the Resolutions No. 2254 and 2118.

 

Tu’mah emphasises that such rumours spur the two sides -Turkey and the Coalition- to intensify the bilateral efforts designed to pave the way for fulfilling the fundamental demands of the Syrian Revolution.

 

The SNC leader has recalled, “the Coalition has expanded its activity in Turkey, after having opened new offices in several Turkish provinces, such as Ankara, in order to enhance international relations with diplomatic delegations and contribute to starting communications with representatives of the countries which have sided with the Syrian Revolution. In addition, the Coalition intends to care about the legal affairs of Syrian refugees in Turkey.”

 

It is worth noting that media outlets had circulated reports about Turkey’s demand to SNC members to leave Turkey as soon as possible. For years, Ankara government has established headquarters for the opponent coalition in Turkish territory and granted some of the coalition’s members monthly salaries and other prerogatives.