Sheikh Yahya al-Hajjar, the commander-in-chief of the Men of Dignity movement in Suweida, has confirmed his movement’s refusal to join sides with the Russians in Syria. He also indicated that communication between the Men of Dignity and the regime is intended to release detainees and some citizens’ issues.
“The Men of Dignity movement is committed to an inclusive Syrian national approach and depth of Arab fraternity,” Hajjar said. “It rejects narrow projects, plans for partition, options to produce sectarian states.”.
“Our role is to defend Suwayda from any aggression, which extends to defending all of Syria,” he added. “Narrow, sectarian projects will not be accepted. We are working on civil cohesion among Syrians and confronting partition proposals that aim to tear the Syrian people apart.”
Rejection of Russian offers
Regarding Russia’s efforts to include armed opposition factions in southern Syria under its wing — through the Corps structure — Hajjar stressed: “The Russian side tried to attract the movement under the banner of military action, but we categorically refused to march under any banner that has vested political and economic interests in Syria.”
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“The movement does not accept putting the movement’s weapons and military formation under any agenda,” Hajjar added. “The Russians put several proposals to the regime, including the need to whitewash Syrian prisons and open an official crossing with Jordan to improve economic conditions in the governorate — amongst other demands that have remained implemented.”