Delegation from European Parliament visits Foreign Relations Commission and Shrine of Martyrs in Zalin, North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — On Monday, a delegation from the European Parliament visited the headquarters of the Foreign Relations Commission of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) of North and East Syria and the shrine of the Martyr Dalil Sarukhan in Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria.

The delegation included representative of the Socialists & Democrats bloc Andreas Schieder (Social Democratic Party of Austria) and representative of the The Greens/European Free Alliance bloc François Alfonsi (Femu a Corsica).

They were received by Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Commission Badran Jia Kurd, Deputy Co-Chair Rubel Beho, and member of Commission’s Administrative Body Golestan Ali.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on a number of issues of common interest, the latest developments in the Syrian crisis, and the DAA’s vision for solving the crisis in a political manner.

Jia Kurd spoke about the most important challenges facing the DAA on the economic, humanitarian, and security fronts especially with the continuing Turkish threats and attacks on the region, which poses a major obstacle to regional and international security.

Schieder said that the achievements of the DAA in terms of democracy and equality between peoples are a good example of a possible solution in many other Syrian regions. He also said that the role of women in the DAA project was very important.

Alfonsi explained that they are working to obtain more support from European parliamentarians and European governments to provide assistance and support to North and East Syria as it is on the frontline defending humanity from extremists and has faced many challenges.

After the meeting ended, the European delegation headed to the shrine of the Martyr Dalil Sarukhan in Zalin where a press conference was held. Deputy Co-Chair of Foreign Relations Commission Rubel Beho welcomed the guests, noting that the European parliamentarians wanted to open their tour in the region by visiting the shrine of the martyrs who sacrificed themselves so the peoples of the region may live in safety and peace.

Alfonsi indicated the purpose of their visit to North and East Syria, stressing that they wish to increase knowledge of the struggle of the peoples of the region in their home countries.

Schieder explained that they came here to express their solidarity with the peoples of the region, to see the situation closely, and express their respect and gratitude for what the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have achieved in their war against terrorism.