Members of two European delegations confirmed that they had visited northeast Syria to hold talks with the Autonomous Administration to get acquainted about the humanitarian situation there. A Finnish official confirmed that the people in the region protected their administration despite the difficulties, but pointed out the difficulties facing the camps.
Last Thursday, two German and Finnish delegations arrived on two separate visits to NES. During the two-day visit, the two delegations held meetings with the officials of the Autonomous Administration and the Syrian Democratic Council.
The Finnish delegation included the Special Envoy for Finnish Foreign Ministry Affairs to the United Nations, Yossi Tanner, and the Consular Aid Unit Officer at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Antti Bonkonen.
The German delegation included the Director of Consular Affairs and Immigration at the German Foreign Ministry, Kurt George Stückel Stückel Fried, and the head of the German Consular Aid Department Abroad, Manga Klis.
The two delegations met the administration's officials, represented by the co-chair the Department of External Relations, Dania Ramadan, Abdel Karim Omar, and their deputies Aber Elia, Fanar Al-Kait, the Department’s official spokesman Kamal Atef, and the representative of the Autonomous Administration in Europe, Mizgin Ahmed.
In a separate meeting, the Finnish delegation met the Syrian Democratic Council at the council’s headquarter in Qamishlo, and was received by “its co-chair, Amina Omar, a member of the Governing Body, Sanharib Bersoum, and members of the Public Relations Nasreddin Ibrahim, and Ibrahim al-Talaj.”
According to Dania Ramadan, and Ibrahim Al-Talaj, during the meetings, the AANES's regions, their administrative system, and the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries' attacks were discussed.
They indicated that the two delegations were informed of the latest political developments in NES, recent activities of the SDC, and the need for the AANES to participate in the political process, and the Geneva and Constitutional Committee meetings.
They added, "We highlighted the humanitarian situation in the region against the background of the Turkish attacks and its cutting off water to more than a million Syrians in the city of Al-Hasaka and its environs in addition to the file of the trial of ISIS mercenaries."
On the visit sidelines, the Special Envoy for Finnish Foreign Ministry Affairs to the United Nations, Yossi Tanner, confirmed in a statement to ANHA News Agency, that they had visited the region to hold talks with the AANES to be informed about the camps.
He stressed that the peoples in the region protected their administration despite the challenges, pointing out that the camps' conditions are difficult. He expressed his gratitude for the AANES's efforts regarding the camps.
Yossi Tanner explained that they are interested in common aspects, especially with regard to "confronting extremism and terrorism now and in the future" for the sake of everyone's security.
In conclusion, Yossi Tanner confirmed that he would tell his observations to his country's government, and stressed the need for "restraint" so that peace prevails in the region.
On his part, Director of Consular Affairs and Immigration at the German Foreign Ministry, Kurt George Stuckel Stückel Fried, told the ANHA News Agency: “The reason for our visit is humanitarian.” He pointed out that they had held discussions with the Autonomous Administration and said: “We spoke about the great contribution that Germany is making in this humanitarian field, and we highlighted the contributions that Germany makes at the international level and at the level of humanitarian organizations here on the ground, and explained all of that. "
At the conclusion of the meeting that brought the two delegations together this morning with officials of the External Relations Department of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, the two delegations received a number of German and Finnish children and women to return them to their homes, according to an official protocol signed at the Relations Department Center in Qamishlo.