On 21 December 2014, Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar, President of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, welcomed Mr. Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), at the Headquarters of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) in Damascus, where Mr. Sy was briefed about the activities of the Organization.
From his side, Dr. Attar explained to Mr. Sy what SARC is doing in response to the crisis and emphasized the relationship of SARC with National Societies, the IFRC and other humanitarian agencies.
During the visit, Mr. As Sy visited all departments in the Headquarters and had the opportunity to talk with SARC staff members and volunteers.
Dr. Attar later accompanied the Secretary General on a visit to the disaster management and first aid operations centres in Zahira, Damascus, where they met with volunteers from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.
On the second day, Mr Sy visited the old city of Homs, where he met with SARC volunteers at the distribution point, as well as the Obstetrics Department of a SARC Hospital, which was opened in the last week. After that, he headed to Tartous to see the Red Crescent logistics hub, the main entry point for all Red Cross Red Crescent goods coming into Syria.