Norwegian mother and two children handed over to Norwegian delegation in Qamishli

QAMISHLI – A Norwegian delegation headed by the Deputy Director of the Section for South Asia and Afghanistan of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Eric P. Husem, visited the Foreign Relations Commission of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria office in Qamishli. The aim of the visit was the handing over of two Norwegian children and their mother who were in the al-Hol camp.

The visiting delegation was received by the Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Commission, Dr. Abdul Karim Omar, the deputies of the Co-Chair, Abeer Elia, Fener al-Gait, Abdul Rahman Salman, and Simav Yussef, and other members of the administrative authority of the Foreign Relations Commission.

In a statement to the media, Mr. Husem said, “We discussed many important political matters regarding the situation in the region. Moreover, the country of Norway appreciates the efforts of the local authorities in northeastern Syria to bear the burden of this huge number of people in the camps and all the sacrifices presented by the people in northeastern Syria.”

Husem also expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Democratic Forces for their efforts to eliminate the Islamic State.

A transfer of custody document was signed by the two parties. The document confirms that the children and mother are in good health and have not been exposed to any kind of psychological or physical pressure while they were in the custody of the Autonomous Administration.

Some sources reported that four political parties in the Norwegian government refused to receive the mother and children after they were handed over by the Autonomous Administration to the Norwegian government representatives.

The woman entered a plane in Erbil but was shortly escorted out of the plane after a Norwegian journalist picked up on the story. Due to public and political pressure, the woman will leave tomorrow for Norway.