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Election of Syrian Opposition Coalition President


Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 9, 2014

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The United States welcomes the July 9 election of Syrian Opposition Coalition President Hadi al Bahra. We look forward to working with him and to continuing to build our partnership with the Coalition.

We applaud Coalition President-elect al Bahra’s longstanding efforts in support of the Syrian people and his distinguished service to the Coalition. We look to President-elect Bahra and other new leaders to reach out to all Syrian communities and to strengthen unity amongst moderate opposition institutions.

As Secretary Kerry reaffirmed when former Coalition President Jarba visited Washington earlier this year, the Coalition has given a voice to all Syrians who have been oppressed by the regime for decades. We remain committed to supporting the Coalition as it continues working on behalf of the Syrian people to fulfill the Syrian revolution’s goals of freedom and dignity for all Syrians.

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