RR Met with MEP Afzal Khan on 20 February and conveyed to him some of our concerns regarding domestic and international policy towards Syria. RR advised MEP Afzal Khan on 13 February regarding his speech on Syria in European Parliament and he took on board many of our suggestions and included a quote from RR in his press release.
RR was a key organiser of the Syrian Platform for Peace launch in London on 18 February. This Platform, overseen by International Alert, will work towards peace-building in Syria. We were represented in the panel discussion in which we spoke of the Syrian diaspora's role in contributing to peace in Syria.
RR advised MEP Afzal Khan on a speech that he delivered on 16 December to the European Parliament on the shortage of funding to the World Food Programme aid scheme to Syrian refugees.
Afzal stressed that Assad is the root cause of the problem in Syria.