EU Announces Three No’s Concerning Assad Regime

The European Union affirmed the adherence of its 27 countries to its unified stance towards the Syrian conflict, and its continued support for the Syrian people in their struggle.

This came in a meeting that occurred in the Belgian capital, Brussels, yesterday, at the invitation of the European envoy for the Middle East and North Africa, Helen Lokal, to discuss the situation in Syria.

During the meeting, the EU countries reiterated their emphasis on what was reported as “the three No’s”: No to normalization, no to reconstruction, and no to lifting sanctions, as long as the Syrian regime does not actively participate in the political solution.

The Union also expressed its full support for the efforts of the United Nations and Resolution 2254, according to the German Special Envoy to Syria, Stephen Schneck, via Twitter.

“The European Union and its 27 member states are united. We will continue our support for the Syrian people” he said.

For his part, the Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union Mission to Syria, Dan Stoinescu, considered that the meeting in which the heads of missions and envoys to Syria participated was an occasion for useful exchange.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy UN Special Envoy to Syria, Najat Rushdi, who tweeted that she “is grateful for the invitation of EU member states and EU officials to brief them on the work of the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria, and all aspects of the implementation of Security Council Resolution 2254.”

The meeting comes at a time of the escalating Turkish efforts for rapprochement with the Syrian regime, and mediation led by Russia to convene a meeting between the Turkish President and Bashar al-Assad.


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