NE Syria region delegation holds pivotal meetings in Germany 

The delegation from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria is continuing its meetings with German parliamentarians and political parties to strengthen their relationships and to highlight the current situation in the region, including the impacts of Turkish attacks and their consequences.

NE Syria region delegation holds pivotal meetings in Germany 
NE Syria region delegation holds pivotal meetings in Germany 
18 June 2024   10:14

The delegation, which includes Ilham Ahmad, the co-chair of the Department of Foreign Relations, Mahmoud Al-Maslat, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, Abdul Karim Omar, the representative of the Autonomous Administration in Europe, Joseph Lahdo, the representative of the Syrian Syriac Union Party in Europe, and Khaled Darwish, the representative of the Democratic Autonomous Administration in Germany, met separately with German Bundestag members Nils Schmid and Frank Schaeffler from the ruling Social Democratic Party (SPD), and Gökay Akbulut from the opposition Left Party, at the German Parliament building (Bundestag) in Berlin.

The delegation initially provided an overview of the general situation in Syria after more than 14 years of its internal crisis, noting the lack of prospects for a political solution in the near future. They also discussed the repercussions of the crisis between Russia and Ukraine, and the conflict between Israel and Hamas on the situation in Syria, especially in North and East Syria.

The discussions also covered the latest developments in the region and the political, economic, and security challenges facing the Democratic Autonomous Administration. They highlighted the increased activity of ISIS cells taking advantage of the security vacuum as the Syrian Democratic Forces and security forces are preoccupied with countering attacks by the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries. This situation potentially facilitates the resurgence of ISIS. The discussions also highlighted the issue of ISIS detainees and the necessity of bringing them to trial, as well as the situation of their families in the Al-Hol and Roj camps. The delegation emphasized the need for the international community to take responsibility for this complex and dangerous issue.

The delegation extensively discussed the systematic attacks by the Turkish occupation state, which target infrastructure and services, amounting to war crimes. These actions are creating a major humanitarian crisis, exacerbating the suffering of citizens, endangering millions of civilians' lives, and pushing towards new waves of mass migration.

During the two meetings, there was also a focus on the necessity of developing and enhancing relations between North and East Syria and Germany, especially concerning issues of mutual interest such as "terrorism," migration, humanitarian aid, and the political process in Syria.

On June 16, a joint delegation from the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the Syrian Democratic Council met with Jürgen Hardt, member of the German Bundestag from the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and Cassem Taher Saleh, member of the Bundestag from the Green Party, at the German Parliament building in Berlin.