The American Commission for International Religious Freedom visited the headquarters of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria in the city of Raqqa, as part of its tour in the regions of northern and eastern Syria.
After the meeting that brought together the American Commission for Religious Freedom, with the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, Deputy President Nadine Menza made a press statement to the media.
She explained the goal of their visit to northern and eastern Syria and expressed her admiration for the project of the Autonomous Administration and freedom of religions in the region.
"I came to Syria as an independent and not as an official," she said, "I am here to show that the American people stand with the peoples of northern and eastern Syria, and that we support the values that the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria represents, such as freedom of religion, gender equality and human rights. The American Commission for Religious Freedom has made bold proposals to the American government to preserve freedom of religion in northern and eastern Syria."
She continued, "In June, we held a hearing in the American Congress to talk about religious freedoms in northern and eastern Syria compared to the areas occupied by Turkey in terms of murder, rape, kidnapping, imposing religion and destroying sacred things. That is why freedom of religions and beliefs suggested that America should pressure Turkey to withdraw from Syria." The international community cannot ignore the crimes committed by Turkey and the Islamic factions associated with it against ethnic and religious minorities."
Regarding their proposals that they presented to the American government, she said, "The Commission for Religious Freedom suggested that the American government expand its dealings with the Autonomous Administration of northern and eastern Syria and recognize it as a local government for the future of Syria and lift the sanctions on the areas it administers in northern and eastern Syria."
She added, "We also requested the participation of the Autonomous Administration of northern and eastern Syria in the political settlement in accordance with Resolution 2254, and it is ironic to exclude a successful government that runs about a third of the country."
Nadine Menza expressed her pride in the role that the Syrian Democratic Council plays in promoting the Autonomous Administration project and that the SDF focuses on protecting the region's residents.
She concluded her press release by saying: "It was very exciting to meet with the leaders of the Autonomous Administration to discuss the challenges they face, and we discussed with them several issues to find out the difficulties they face."