Saturday night, June 11, 2016, on the initiative of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, a meeting was held in solidarity with the Syrian people and their resistance.

The Iranian Resistance’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi and a number of prominent personalities from Syria and Syrian opposition officials were in attendance. Haitham al-Maleh, chairman of the Syrian National Council legal committee; Michel Kilo, political bureau member of the Coalition; Soheir Attassi, member of the High Negotiations Committee of the Syrian Opposition; Dr. Nasser Al-Hariri, member of the Coalition; Nagham Ghadri, member of the Coalition and former Vice Chairman; Dr. Taghrid al-Hagli, former Minister for Culture and Family Affairs of the Syrian Interim Government; Ghassan Aboud, head of Orient Television; Brig. General Mesghal Al-Batish; Brig. General Mustafa Sheikh, a commander of the Free Syrian Army; and Brig. General Abdallah Albashir al-Naimi, former chief of staff of the Free Syrian Army; were among those present in the meeting.

Lauding the steadfastness and heroism of Syria’s opposition fighters, Maryam Rajavi said: The most important component of a correct and effective solution to the crisis in the region is eviction of the clerical regime from countries of the region. So long as the IRGC is in Syria, the country will not experience peace and tranquility; so long as the Iranian regime is not expelled from the international negotiations, the talks will not produce any results; and so long as the regime is not evicted from Syria and Iraq, the fight against Daesh (ISIS or ISIL) will not amount to any decisive outcome.

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated: If the Iranian regime had not interfered in the affairs of Iraq and Syria and committed its crimes, the phenomenon of Daesh would not have spread in the Middle East and the terrorist attacks would not have taken place in France and other countries.

The mullahs justify the massacre and displacement of the people of Syria and the destruction of their country under the pretext of defending the Holy Shrine of Hazrat Zainab, to put an Islamic and Shiite veneer on the disaster. Yet the fact is that today, Shiites and Sunnis, Muslims and Christians, Arabs and Persians, Turks and Afghans, have no enemy worse than the Velayat-e Faqih regime.

Addressing the Syrian people and revolution, Maryam Rajavi said: No major power has backed you over these years, while others have formed alliances with the butcher of Damascus, or at best, remained indifferent. You have resisted by relying on your own strength. This has given you the strength to remain firm and keep the initiative in the face of international pressures to make you back down from the Syrian people’s demands.

With such steadfastness and self-reliance, the Syrian Revolution has created a huge deathtrap for the clerical regime. The mullahs are stuck in the quagmire of the Syrian war and they would be the losers in every conceivable development regarding Syria. The important experience is that showing the role of the Iranian regime in Syria and the need to confront it is the top priority in political and international area.

The main dynamic force that has kept Assad in power is the Iranian regime that mobilizes all its influence and deception skills to involve international parties in the war against the opposition. This is particularly important because the US and other Western powers as well as the UN try to turn a blind eye to the Iranian regime’s presence in Syria.

Maryam Rajavi stressed that Ali Khamenei and Bashar Assad must be prosecuted in international tribunals for their direct involvement in the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Syrians and the destruction of Syria. The executions and torture of hundreds of thousands of Iranians and various types of other crimes comprise another part of Khamenei’s record for which he must be held accountable. The Iranian regime is the greatest cause of war and discord in the world of Islam and it must be expelled from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

A number of French personalities participated in this meeting which was moderated by Ahmad Kamel, press advisor to the Syrian High Negotiations Committee. Other speakers included Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; cleric Mohamad Ali Al Husseini, Secretary-General of the Arab-Islamic Council in Lebanon; Sheikh Tayseer Tamimi, former Chief Justice of Palestine; Khalil Merroun, rector of the Evry Mosque and chair of the French Muslims’ Committee in Defense of Rights of Ashrafis; Sheikh Dhaou Meskine, Secretary General of Council of French Imams and President of French Muslims’ Committee against Fundamentalism and for Human Rights; Dr. Anouar Malek, writer and former Syrian correspondent in the Arab Union; Abdallah Khalaf, coordinator of Saad Hariri’s Future Movement in France; Tahar Boumedra, former head of the UN human rights office in Iraq and in charge of the Camp Ashraf dossier in the United Nations; Reza Al-Reza, Secretary-General of the Jaafari Shiite Delegation of Iraq; Salah Sabah al-Mokhtar, president of the Arab Iraqi Lawyers Association Centre (UK); and Jalal Ganjeii, chairman of the NCRI Committee on Freedom of Religions.

The solidarity meeting also featured a photo exhibition of five years of the Syrian people’s heroic resistance, shocking disasters in Syria and crimes of the Iranian regime and their allies in that country, as well as revolutionary mystical and popular performances by a Syrian music group led by celebrity singer Samih Shaker both warmly received by the audience.

The Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
June 11, 2016