Statement to Public Opinion
David Braunstein on a visit to the Foreign Relations Department to discuss political and economic developments in the region

On Tuesday, January 12th ,2021 a French delegation headed by the Director crisis and Support center at the French Ministry of foreign affairs , Mr. Eric Chevallier, arrived at the headquarter of the Foreign Relations Department in Qamishli, in a visit to the areas of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria.The delegation was received by Dr. AbdulKarim Omar, Co-Chair of Foreign Relations Department, and Mr. Fanar Al-Gait and Ms. Abir Elia, Deputy Co-Chairs, and Ms. Nafya Muhammad, Head of the Presidential Office.During the meeting, points of view were exchanged on the general situation in Syria and the situation in regions of the Autonomous Administration, in particular, the ongoing Turkish attacks and threats on Ain Issa and Tal Tamr. Besides, the daily violations of the Turkish occupation and its mercenaries in Afrin and Ras al-Ain (Serê Kaniyê) and Tal Abyad(Girê Sipî), and the increasing killings in Al-Hol camp, and about the participation of the Autonomous Administration in the political process and the Constitutional Committee.Dr. Omar reaffirmed, “that the Turkish threats and attacks are to destabilize the security and stability of the region and an attempt to revive Islamic State again, and any new occupation of the region will lead to a new wave of displaced people, and Turkey is continuing its project for demographic engineering in the region”.He also thanked France for its stance in supporting the Autonomous Administration, emphasizing the need for continued cooperation and coordination in confronting terrorism and developing political relations.On his part, Mr. Chevalier said, “France joined the talks with the European Institute for Peace regarding work on the Al-Hol camp, rehabilitation of children and women, reparation for those affected by terrorism, and we will work to play a positive role in supporting the region in several files, including the intra-Kurdish dialogue and also support projects to achieve stability in the region”.Regarding the Corona pandemic and its spread in the region, Mr. Chevallier said, “France supports projects that aim to deliver the vaccine to all countries and will seek to get it to North and East Syria.At the end of the meeting, a number of sick children from ISIS families were handed over, as they are considered humanitarian cases, according to an official handover document signed by the two sides.