Syrian Democratic Council delegation meets with Swedish and Finnish Ministers of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm and Helsinki

STOCKHOLM – The Kurdish and Arab co-chairs of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Elham Ahmad and Riad Darar, together with human rights activist and SDC deputy co-chair Majdolin Hassan visited Sweden and Finland for consultative talks on ways forward in the Syrian crisis with the country’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

According to the Syrian Democratic Council press release, the SDC delegation and Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ann Linde discussed ways of Swedish and international support for the Syrian democratic opposition and how to find a mechanism to reach a road map that leads to a more comprehensive and inclusive political process in Syria. Issues related to the humanitarian and economic situation in Syria in general and North and East Syria in particular were also touched on.

A fruitful meeting with the Swedish FM Ann Linde took place. We shared our visions on solving Syrian crisis in a way that secures the interests of all Syrians. Sweden is a crucial partner and we appreciate its continues efforts on supporting the political solution and humanitarian aid, tweeted SDC co-chair and President of the SDC Executive Council Elham Ahmad (Note: It would grace SDC President Elham Ahmad that, in addition to her title on her Twitter account in English, Kurdish and Arabic, her title is also given in the Syriac language. The Syriac language is an official language in the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria and the DAA highly values inclusiveness).

The delegation’s visit comes before a two-day consultative meeting which will be held on December 13-14 with Syrian opposition figures and organizations under the title “The meeting of democratic forces and personalities; Necessity, Possibility, and Hope.”

On Saturday, the Elham Ahmad also visited Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki. Haavisto and Ahmad too discussed ways of a political settlement to the Syrian crisis and how to advance the political process on a path in accordance with international resolutions.

The Finnish FM expressed his country’s admiration for the progress achieved by this part of Syria, specifically regarding the role of women, their empowerment and their great participation in all fields, states the SDC press release. A delegation from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, last year December visited the regions of North and East Syria during which the Finnish delegation members met with SDC officials of the Department of Foreign Relations of the Democratic Autonomous Administration.

SDC delegation meet Finnish Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto