The statements of the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces came during the opening speech of the annual meeting of the military councils of the Syrian Democratic Forces, with the participation of the leaders of the forces and military councils in North and East Syria, in addition to a delegation from the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, and officials of the Autonomous Administration in North and East Syria.
Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, explained that great challenges faced their forces following the Turkish attacks on North and East Syria, "and with the efforts of the people and friendly forces, they were able to stand up to these challenges."
Abdi stressed that "the terrorist organization ISIS still poses the greatest danger in our regions, and the whole world and our partners in the Global Coalition must continue to support us to stop the attacks on the region."
Abdi explained, "Military means are not enough to fight ISIS at this stage. It is necessary to develop the destroyed infrastructure, and improve the living conditions of citizens, and all of this is necessary to continue fighting ISIS and eliminating it once and for all. In order to defeat ISIS, the efforts of the political, service and social administration must be supported." This is an integral part of our program to fight ISIS."
Abdi called "the United Nations to find ways to deliver aid to our regions," adding, "There are thousands of ISIS detainees and thousands of their families in the region, and everyone knows that the capabilities of the Autonomous Administration are not sufficient to deal with the ISIS file, and the international community should provide more support in order to improve conditions prisons and camps until we are able to return these people to their countries.”
Abdi touched on the process of demographic change taking place in the areas occupied by Turkey, and said, "The process of demographic change is underway in the occupied territories."
Mazloum Abdi stressed that "returning the IDPs to their areas is a top priority," and welcomed the decision to impose sanctions on the mercenaries of Ahrar al-Sharqiya.
He noted that the Turkish occupation is committing security violations on daily basis, confirming that their forces are collaborating with Russian Forces in order to reduce the escalation in the northern border areas.
Abdi renewed the Syrian Democratic Forces' readiness for dialogue with parties wishing to resolve the Syrian crisis. "We were with dialogue and we were with de-escalation, with Syrian national dialogue and a political solution, and with the Damascus Government. "Abdi stressed that "our message should not be misinterpreted, the statements of the Syrian regime regarding our forces are not in the service of Syrians and are unacceptable to us. Those who accuse our forces of treason and of dividing the country tell them that you have left these areas to ISIS and terrorist groups, and it is our forces that liberated these areas and oversee the protection of the people.
Abdi expressed his pride in his Syrian affiliation. "We are proud of our full Syrian identity and all factions within the Syrian Democratic Forces are proud of their Syrian affiliation. At the previous meeting, we took an important decision in the context of the restructuring of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and as a result of the Turkish invasion and the coronavirus pandemic we were unable to implement all the decisions. "
"At this meeting, we will work together to reach decisions that will ensure the implementation of the resolutions of the previous meeting, through the development of military institutions, the activation of military councils, the enhancement of military capabilities, the improvement of administrative and military work in order to defeat ISIS and restore the occupied areas, and the spread of security and stability throughout Syria."
Then, speech was delivered by the Commander of the Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve, Paul T. Calvert, a speech by co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, Amina Omar, and a speech by Abdul Hamid Al-Mahbash on behalf of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.
The annual meeting will continue to be closed to the media in the afternoon.