Thursday October 18, 2018 18:40

Head of the Opposition Delegation in Astana Stirs Controversy

May 17th, 2018 by Etihad Press

The statement made by Ahmed Tomeh contradicted the political viewpoint of the group he represents reports Etihad

Head of the Opposition Delegation in Astana Stirs Controversy

A statement from Ahmed Tomeh, head of the Syrian opposition delegation, has sparked widespread controversy on social media. Participating in the 9th Astana meeting, Ahmed Tomeh, told Russia Today, on Tuesday, May 15, that “the Syrian opposition was wrong to take up arms.” In addition, the network quoting Tomeh as saying that the opposition “does not aspire to replace the Syrian government.”

Tomeh said that “many Syrian opposition military leaders are currently inclined toward a political solution.” He said that the opposition was convinced that “Russia is seeking a political solution to the Syrian crisis.” He expressed his hope that “the city of Idleb will turn from a de-escalation zone to a ceasefire zone.” He warned that a humanitarian disaster could occur if the city is “invaded”.

These statements raised more questions about the de-escalation zones agreement and the why Tomeh was calling for Idleb to be turned from a “de-escalation zone into a ceasefire zone”. The meaning of these two phrases has not been clarified in previous negotiating rounds held in Astana, which have been going on for more than a year now. The statement he made is also a contradiction to the declared viewpoint of the political team he represents (the Muslim Brotherhood).

In a recorded statement, a portion of which was published on Russia Today, Tomeh said: “The opposition did not aspire to one day be an alternative authority to the regime,” despite him personally heading the Interim Government of the Coalition. The goal, he said was “to transition from dictatorship to democracy.”

This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


About Us

The Syrian Observer is a daily online news service covering Syrian political and civil society news.

It is dedicated primarily to translating into English news contents produced by Syria's official press,opposition groups,activists and civil society.

In addition to translated content, the website publishes original features,op-eds,interviews and blog posts. It also aims at building an extensive Who is Who database of the main actors of the Syrian political and civil society scenes.

The Syrian Observer

Copyright© 2018 The Syrian Observer. All rights reserved.

Follow Us

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Twitter


Website Security Test


Get our weekly newsletter right into your inbox!