By Manel Mselmi, Paris
French president Emmanuel Macron ‘s visit To Russia aims to put in place new initiatives concerning the Iran deal, Syria and Ukraine despite the fact that there are so many conflicts between Moscow and the west. Syria crisis is one of the main hot topics that remains controversial and the role of Europe in general and France in particular is more than important. Civil society organisations in general and Syrian diaspora leaders in particular dream of ending the war in Syria and rebuilding the country once and for all.
Mohamed Izzat Khatab, founder of “Syria for all” is optimistic and believes that establishing peace in his homeland needs much effort. He finds that Macron’s initiative can be very beneficial and might help establishing the dialogue with Moscow in an attempt to end war and rebuild the country.
The conflict between Europe and Moscow stems from the different approaches to the Syrian war and above all the relationship with Bachar Al Assad. There are harsh exchanges between Macron and Putin especially regarding the use of Chemical weapons but both countries agree on the need to fight against the Islamic State. For Dr Khatab, there is an urgent need to work at an international level to fight against ISIS and terrorism in Syria as well as save the country after 7 long years of civil war which cost the life of around 350,000 people since 2011.
“We need to be talking about the situation after the war. The key is to build a stable Syria” Macron said. This statement together with the need to establish a new constitution and democratic elections by including all Syrians and refugees is a huge step according to Khatab who has been working on a plan to rebuild Syria by including the Syrian diaspora and making the country attractive for young entrepreneurs and leaders.
Even though international organisations and the opposition failed to stop the war, there is still hope that France, Germany and the European Union in general would establish a dialogue with Moscow and find a solution to the seven year civil war.