BETH NAHRIN — Under the slogan “National Unity”, the Beth Nahrain National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) held its annual meeting via videoconference on 1 August 2021 with the participation of 120 members of the leadership bodies entrusted with responsibilities in various arenas and institutions.
The meeting began with a minute of silence for the souls of martyrs. An opening speech was delivered by MUB Chairman Mikhail Naim Hadodo. After that, the 2020 reports of work and the 2021 work plan were discussed.
The political developments and the situation of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people were touched on with emphasis on the importance of national unity in the face of threats that pose an existential danger to the future of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and Christians in general in the Middle East.
Furthermore, upcoming political, organizational, social, security, and diplomatic work was planned and initial steps formulated.
The following decision were taken at the meeting and outlined in an MUB statement:
- Organizing conferences, meetings, and dialogue sessions to increase awareness of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people across the Middle East and the world.
- Holding regular meetings with representatives of political parties and institutions, as well as with representatives of the Churches of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people to further national unity.
- Working at the international level to expose the mentality that threatens Christians in the Middle East, in addition to ensure that they live in safety and practice their religious beliefs in complete freedom across the Middle East.
- Activating the work mechanism for the general elections in Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey and North and East Syria, in order to ensure fair political representation for our Syriac people in these home countries.
- Opening diplomatic channels to obtain international recognition of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria.
- Working to launch relief campaigns to support the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people who are suffering from an economic crisis and siege in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq.
- Launching a water provision relief project for our people who suffer from thirst in Hasakah Province, as a result of the decreased water level of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers by Turkey.