On Sunday, the head of the Syrian National Coalition, Salem al-Meslet, the head of the Syrian Negotiating Authority, Anas al-Abda, and leader of the Peace and Freedom Front, Ahmed al-Jarba, arrived in Doha with the aim of discussing the political situation in Syria.
Upon their arrival, the opposition figures met separately with Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman al-Thani.
During his meetings, the Minister reportedly stressed: “The solution to the Syrian crisis should be a political solution in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.”
Al-Thani also emphasized the importance of a comprehensive ceasefire to facilitate humanitarian aid delivery to Syria.
“The SNC’s president began his visit by meeting the charge d’affaires at the Syrian Embassy in Qatar, Bilal Tourkiya, and inspecting the embassy’s work and services,” the statement added.
Al-Meslet also met with Dr. Riad Hijab and Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib and described the meetings as fruitful and positive.
“We discussed field and political developments, and the need to coordinate efforts to serve our cause, to end the tragedy of the Syrian people and achieve their aspirations and goals,” he tweeted with regards to his meeting with Dr. Hijab.
“I was pleased to meet with my brother Sheikh Moaz al-Khatib in Doha. We stressed the need for joint action and unifying visions and efforts to confront the current challenges and rid the Syrian people of the criminal regime,” al-Meslet added.
On Monday, he criticized the UN envoy to Syria, Geir Pederson, for stating “neither side is talking about regime change.”
Al-Meslet tweeted that there is no solution in Syria with the presence of the Assad regime, and the demand of the Syrian people is to overthrow this regime and hold all its criminals accountable.
“Any statements that try to dilute the matter or suggest otherwise are certainly counterproductive and unacceptable,” he said.