Bethnahrain National Council (MUB) celebrates 23rd anniversary with in North and East Syria

HASAKAH and ZALIN, Syria — Institutions of the Bethnahrain National Council (Mawtbo Umthoyo D’Bethnahrin, MUB) in Hasakah and Zalin (Qamishli), North and East Syria, came together to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of its founding. The commemorative events were marked by the active participation of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and their institutions.

In Hasakah, the celebration kicked off with a moment of silence to honor the martyrs of the MUB and the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. A welcoming speech was delivered by Echoua Gouriye, a member of the MUB Presidential Committee. Attendees were treated to a captivating folk music and dance performance by the Iana Band organized by the Syriac Cultural Association and Abd al-Masih Qarabashi House. Chanel Isho’s melodious song and various heritage performances added to the vibrant event.

A film highlighting the stages of MUB’s establishment and its ongoing work in the path of struggle was presented, culminating in lively folk dances.

Armin Mardo, a member of the Syriac Cultural Association and head of the event’s preparatory committee, stressed the significance of commemorating the struggles of the past to foster unity among the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people. In comments to our news desk, he stated, “Reviving this memory and other memories of the struggle is very important to unite our Syriac people.”

Mardo emphasized the aim of organizing the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) community within MUB institutions to advocate for their rights, represent them in local and international forums, and empower this indigenous people deeply connected to their ancestral land.

“We will continue to struggle to obtain and defend the legitimate rights of Syriac people,” he concluded.

Simultaneously, in Zalin, officials and members of the MUB institutions, along with members of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) public, gathered at the Families Center to mark the anniversary of MUB’s founding. The event was secured by the Sutoro (Syriac Security Forces).

The commemoration began with a moment of silence to honor martyrs.

Hawro Sawme, a member of the MUB Presidential Committee, delivered a speech highlighting the history, milestones, and challenges encountered during the organization’s 23-year journey.

Suroyo TV presented a televised show portraying the notable achievements of MUB, its institutions, and its contributions over the years in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Europe.

The Choir of the Naum Faiq House for Syriac Culture and Art enraptured the audience with Syriac songs, while congratulatory telegrams were read aloud.

Sabah Shabo, a member of the preparatory committee, emphasized the importance of MUB’s struggle in securing the rights of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people and vowed to continue fighting for the betterment of the community. Shabo also emphasized the ongoing commitment to unveil the fate of Syriac leader Saeed Malki, one of the founders of MUB.

The joint celebrations in Hasakah and Zalin highlighted the enduring spirit and dedication of the Bethnahrain National Council in its pursuit of the rights and welfare of the Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) people, both locally and internationally.