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Syria and the Aftermath of the Battle for Aleppo

On January 9, the Brookings Doha Center hosted a policy discussion where speakers Moaz Al-Khatib, Daniel Byman, and Louay Safi explored the current status of the complex Syrian conflict, the options for the new Trump administration, and the roles being played by an ever expanding list of actors.

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Mouaz Al-Khatib pens letter to Valdimir Putin

Yesterday, Mr. Mouaz al-Khatib, the President of Our Syria Movement and one of the Syrian opposition’s most influential leaders, sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding Russia’s intervention in Syria and the diplomatic talks in Vienna. Khatib demanded an end to Russian bombardments of civilians and delineated the terms of a political solution that would be acceptable to the Syrian people. Khatib further expressed his willingness to work with any parties to the conflict interested in a solution along these lines, including members of the Assad regime. The full text of his letter is below.
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A Conversation with Mouaz Al-Khatib (The Middle East Institute)

(Washington D.C.) – “The Syrian regime in its current form will continue to be a source of instability and conflict for the Syrian people,” says Sheikh Mouaz Al-Khatib, the founding president of the Syrian National Coalition, “and the region will see no stability while it remains in power.”

Khatib, a former Imam at the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, shared his insights on the dynamics of Syria’s four-year-old conflict at an event co-hosted by The Middle East Institute (MEI) and the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy on March 19, 2015. In a public presentation followed by a conversation with MEI Senior Fellow Robert Ford, Khatib set out his vision for the country’s path to political reconciliation. Continue reading

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For the security of our people, hold out a hand

In the name of God, the Merciful,
To the patient and proud people of Syria,

Our people have endured the tragedy of the era for four painful years now. The yearning to monopolize power caused grievances and atrocities that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Syrians, including many women and children. It filled prisons with many more hundreds of thousands, and similar numbers suffering from injuries and disabilities. Continue reading

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Mouaz Al-Khatib: Interview by Vincent Wijlhuizen

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Social relationships between the two revolutions (1925 – 2011)

In the name of God the most gracious, the most merciful

Social relationships between the two revolutions (1925 – 2011)

Syria is greater than its geographical size on a map. Few countries can compete with its civilization and the intellectual impact it has had on our world. Our alphabet originated from it. Without exception, all civilizations and religions have breathed its air. Its land witnessed historical and cultural events characterized by universal importance. Its internal creative capabilities and varied population, made it a centre of attention to nations of the world during all periods of time. Continue reading

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Statement Regarding the Nomination Campaign

Statement to the Syrian People,
great creators of life and sculptors of our future history

With regards to a campaign to nominate me as president, recently initiated, I wish to say that I had no previous knowledge of it whatsoever. After consulting with a number of people of trust, we agreed to leave this campaign as it is, without in any way intervening.  Continue reading

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Syrian Winter Kit Distribution

“And whoever saves one – it is as if he had saved mankind entirely” (Almaidah – 32)

Zakat Foundation of America – Donate Now

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Forget the red lines and political egos – focus on saving lives

“It is time to revisit the Syrian National Coalition’s (SNC) Moaz al-Khatib’s 16-point initiative to help ensure a peaceful transition of authority and an end to the violence in Syria.”

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Initiative by Mouaz Al-Khatib – And whoever saves a single soul..

In the name of God the most Gracious, the most Merciful

The Initiative:
“And whoever saves a single soul – it is as if he had saved humanity entirely .”

In order to prevent the further decay of the Syrian people, its territory, infrastructure, economy, and the dismantling of its social structure and moral values, we present this initiative out of duty for our country and people, a practical response to the need of a political settlement ensuring a peaceful transition of authority.

This initiative is a product of Syria and its goal is Syria. It should be taken as a full package and is set by a clear timetable.

We call upon the authorities in Syria and all factions from the revolutionists and the opposition to adopt the initiative as a way out from the catastrophe that has struck our nation.
Finally, we call upon the international community to oversee it and ensure that it is implemented according to the following guidelines:

1- The current President of the Syrian regime declares his acceptance of a peaceful transition of authority, and the handing over of full powers to either Vice President Mr. Farooq Al Shar’a or current Prime Minister Mr. Wael Al Halqi, within twenty days of the publication of this initiative;

2- The current president dissolves the current parliament and his legislative powers are handed over to the person chosen to take the temporary role of president;

3- After his acceptance of peaceful transition, the current president will be given a time period of one month to completely hand over authority;

4- The current government continues to work on a temporary basis (for one hundred days) beginning from the day the person chosen to take the temporary role of president is assigned;

5- The assigned person is given full executive powers to manage Syria excluding any authority to delegate any blacklisted members by the international community;

6- The interim government restructures the security and military systems (during a one hundred day time period);

7- Once the initiative is accepted, all political prisoners must be released from prisons as well as any detainees. This should be done under the international surveillance, and all measures should be taken for the return of those displaced from home;

8- All the Syrian territories will be open to all types of local and international humanitarian relief;

9- The current president leaves the country along with five hundred people whom he will select along with their families and children to any other country that may choose to host them;

10- There are no legal guarantees for the current president or any of those five hundred departing because this matter should be referred to a legal council agreed upon by the Syrian people;

11- The General Secretary of the United Nations is to delegate an international mediator with the responsibility of overseeing the interim phase in Syria, ensuring commitment to it and supervising the transition of authorities.

12- All parties involved in the fighting are to halt the usage of heavy weapons under international monitoring.

13- All those involved in what is considered “legal military action” as defined by the international law during the war are issued a general pardon, however, all those commands that were issued regarding killing, the targeting of civilians, torture, rape, and kidnapping are considered as criminal offences and the perpetrators must be put to trial under criminal law, both nationally and internationally;

14- In each governorate a committee will be established consisting of five people who will be selected by the dignitaries of the respective governorates for its management, while under international supervision, and this committee will be given full authority for the management of local affairs, including the administrative, economic, security and military affairs, and is directly affiliated to the person who is assigned as temporary president, or someone else whom he delegates;

15- Following the one hundred days, after implementing the articles of the initiative, all powers of authority are to be transferred to a transitional government which should be agreed upon and negotiated within the framework of international assurances;

16- The subsequent transitional government will be responsible for the preparation and the re-building of the new Syria.
Mouaz Alkhatib
May 23, 2013

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