Reform Party of Syria

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Reform Party of Syria
حزب الاصلاح السوري
LeaderFarid Ghadry
FoundedOctober 2001 (in Washington, D.C., United States)
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States

The Reform Party of Syria (Arabic: حزب الاصلاح السوريḤizb Al-Iṣlāḥ Al-Sūrīy), or RPS is a Syrian political party and lobby group based in the United States that was active in the mid to late 2000s. Its leader Farid Ghadry is a United States citizen and has been described as "controversial" by Al Jazeera.[1] The RPS claims to have been formed in response to 9/11.[2] It is a member of fellow lobbying organization the Coalition Against Terrorist Media.

WikiLeaks cables released revealed that Ghadry and his organization were viewed as "unwelcome" by Riad Seif,[3] and a Syrian member of parliament described Ghadry as not being a "major figure", and was perplexed by U.S. backing of him.[4] Similarly Haitham al-Maleh, who would later become a senior figure in the Syrian National Council, viewed Ghadry as an "opportunist".[5]

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  1. ^ قوى المعارضة في سوريا. Al Jazeera (in Arabic). Retrieved 17 August 2012.
  2. ^ About the Reform Party of Syria
  3. ^ "Riad Seif Details Future Political Plans, Asks For Quiet Usg Support". United States Embassy Damascus. 14 January 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  4. ^ "The View From Parliament: Mehlis, The Asad Speech, And Labwani". United States Embassy Damascus. 25 November 2005. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Usg Statements On Political Prisoners Overshadowed By Aftermath Of Bashar,s Speech". United States Embassy Damascus. 17 November 2005. Retrieved 20 August 2012.

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