Syrian Opposition Coalition Announces US Offices in Washington, DC and New York City

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Syrian Opposition Coalition announces US offices in Washington, DC and New York City to serve as liaison to US government and UN agencies.

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The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces (“Syrian Coalition” or “SC”) announces the appointment of Dr. Najib Ghadbian as the Syrian Coalition's Special Representative to the US and the opening of its United States Office in Washington, DC.

The Washington Office will serve as the SC’s official liaison to the US government and foreign policy community on matters relating to the pro-democracy movement, including coordination and delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid to Syria. The Washington Office represents the united opposition supporting the Syrian revolution and working to establish peace, freedom, and democracy for all Syrians. The Washington Office will also reach out to all Syrian Americans and Syrian nationals in the US, in order to help move Syria forward with unity and cooperation toward an inclusive, democratic future.

Special Representative Ghadbian, a pro-democracy activist and Professor of Political Science at the University of Arkansas, holds a PhD in Political Science from the City University of New York. He is a published scholar in Arabic and English, and he has long been active in the Syrian pro-democracy movement, including as a signatory to the Damascus Declaration in 2005 and a co-founder of the Syrian National Council in 2011.

Attorney Oubab Khalil serves as Chief of Staff of the Washington Office. Dr. Murhaf Jouejati is the Washington Office’s Political Advisor. Bassel Korkor is Legal Advisor to the Washington Office. Christy Delafield serves as the Washington Office Liaison to the Assistance Coordination Unit, the Syrian Coalition's humanitarian aid arm. The SC is also establishing a New York Office with Mariam Jalabi as the United Nations Agencies Liaison.

The National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces was formed in November 2012 as a unified front for the pro-democracy movement in Syria. The Coalition includes representatives from throughout Syria as well as independent activists, and its diversity reflects Syria's mosaic of religious and ethnic backgrounds. The United States has recognized the Syrian Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people, as have over 120 other countries. Special Representative Ghadbian and the US Office join other internationally recognized SC representatives, including Monzer Makhous in France, Walid Safur in the United Kingdom, and Nizar al-Haraki in Qatar.

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