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On July 26, 2021, Damascus hosted a regular joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters of the Russian Federation and the Syrian Arab Republic to assist Syrian citizens in a safe, dignified and voluntary return to their homeland with the participation of representatives of relevant UN structures and international humanitarian organizations.

During the event, responsible officials and leading experts of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters discussed the implementation of the decisions adopted on November 11-12, 2020 on the sidelines of the international conference on facilitating the return of refugees to Syria, as well as further steps to assist in the restoration of peaceful life in country.

During the meeting, it was confirmed that the return of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons to their homes remains a national priority for the Syrian leadership. In order to revitalize this process, the Syrian government is making every effort to rebuild the country’s critical infrastructure and create new jobs for returning Syrians.

To date, more than two million two hundred seventy-nine thousand (2,279,604) Syrian citizens have already returned to their homes, of which more than one million three hundred and sixty-two thousand (1,362,675) internally displaced persons and more than nine hundred and sixteen thousand (916,929) refugees from abroad.

Returning Syrians are provided free food, medical care and other essential assistance. In the shortest possible time, families are delivered to the places of their chosen residence. Able-bodied citizens are provided with jobs, and children get a job in educational institutions.

The Russian Federation, observing all international norms and the agreements reached with the Syrian side, continues to provide comprehensive assistance in restoring peaceful life in Syria and solving urgent humanitarian problems.

As part of the implementation of the decisions taken in 2020 “on the sidelines” of the international conference on the return of refugees and the reconstruction of Syria, as well as the development of interstate relations, interaction between Russian and Syrian ministries and departments in various fields is actively increasing.

A significant result of the active position of state bodies and organizations of the Russian Federation was the working trip of the Russian interagency delegation to the Syrian Arab Republic from July 24, 2021, during which 1 million tests for laboratory diagnostics of the new coronavirus infection were donated to the Syrian people as gratuitous humanitarian aid, 250 thousand doses of the drug “Sputnik Light” vector vaccine, as well as more than 160 tons of other materiel, including drugs and equipment for healthcare institutions.

Through the efforts of representatives of the Institute for the History of Material Culture of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Department of Antiquities and Museums of Syria, the most important work on the study and preservation of world cultural heritage sites on the Syrian territory, such monuments of world culture as Palmyra and ancient Christian temples of the pre-Islamic era, was launched.

The Russian and Syrian departments have already signed 15 agreements and memorandums on key areas of Russian-Syrian cooperation. In the near future, it is planned to sign 10 more in the areas of legal assistance, network security, customs union, trade and economic cooperation and educational activities, which will undoubtedly open up new prospects for the development of mutually beneficial relations and strengthening partnerships at interdepartmental and interstate levels for the benefit of the prosperity of Syria and its people. …

It is worth noting that the indicators presented were achieved in the context of ongoing opposition to the return of refugees to Syria from Western states, which continue to take a destructive position and convince the world community that conditions for the return of refugees have not yet been created in Syria. As a result, many Syrians are postponing their return to their homeland.

During a joint meeting of the interdepartmental coordination headquarters, the main problems standing in the way of the Syrian people to a normal life were identified.

Firstly, this is the course of Western countries aimed at maintaining sanctions pressure on Damascus. The annually extended restrictive measures against Syria hamper the post-war reconstruction of a country whose population cannot meet its basic needs.

Secondly, it is the illegitimate presence of foreign military contingents on the territory of Syria, which prevents the stabilization of the situation in the occupied regions.

Thirdly, this is an open politicization of purely humanitarian issues, implying discrimination of areas controlled by Damascus in terms of providing humanitarian assistance, refusal to assist in the restoration of social infrastructure and the return of refugees, “whitewashing” terrorists, the desire to maintain and expand the transboundary mechanism that violates the norms for a long time. international humanitarian law and the guidelines contained in UN General Assembly resolution 46/182.

These problems are an obstacle to the return of Syrian citizens to their homeland and the restoration of peaceful life in the country.

We are confident that the achievement of long-term security and stability not only in Syria, but also in the entire Middle East region, is possible only on the basis of preserving the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic. We also consider it extremely important to stop politicizing the process of humanitarian assistance to Syria and lift sanctions that harm the Syrian economy and deprive ordinary Syrians of prosperity.

We call on the entire world community, the humanitarian structures of the United Nations, as well as the countries that have hosted Syrian refugees on their territory, to actively participate in the process of returning Syrian citizens to their homeland and in effective humanitarian assistance to the Syrian Arab Republic.

– Head of the Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters of the Russian Federation for the Return of Refugees to the Territory of the Syrian Arab Republic – Head of the National Center for Defense Management of the Russian Federation M. Mizintsev

– Head of the Syrian Interdepartmental Coordination Headquarters for the Return of Refugees to the Territory of the Syrian Arab Republic – Minister of Municipal Administration and Environment of the Syrian Arab Republic H. Mahluf

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