BRUSSELS — Representatives of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) in Europe and Belgium met with Belgian parliamentarians to discuss the experiences and efforts of AANES in combating the Islamic State (ISIS) and shedding light on the continued Turkish attacks on North and East Syria.
The AANES representatives have been actively working to garner support and recognition from European countries in response to the Turkish attacks.
During the meeting, held at the Belgian Federal Parliament building in Brussels, the AANES delegation met with Members of the Chamber of Representatives for the Vlaams Belang party Ellen Samyn and Joris De Vriendt. The AANES delegation included Abdul Karim Omar, AANES Representative in Europe, and Hozan Ahmed, Co-Chair of the AANES Representation Office in Belgium.
Omar provided insights to the parliamentarians about the journey and achievements of AANES since its establishment, emphasizing democratic principles and, in particular, the advancement of women’s rights and their representation within AANES.
He also shed light on the vital role played by AANES and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in combatting ISIS. Omar called for more international support in the fight against terrorism and urged the establishment of an international court to hold ISIS terrorists accountable for their actions, both within camps and prisons.
Omar also emphasized the recent Turkish attacks on the region, highlighting the extensive human and material losses resulting from the destruction of critical infrastructure.
Samyn and De Vriendt expressed their appreciation for AANES’s efforts in combating ISIS. They strongly condemned the international community’s silence in response to the administration’s appeals for the repatriation of its citizens and echoed support for the establishment of an international court to hold ISIS terrorists accountable for their actions.
They also denounced Turkey’s attacks and crimes, considering them to be in violation of international conventions and laws. They criticized the international community’s silence as effectively giving a green light to Turkey to persist in its attacks and unlawful actions.