The Assad regime tightens ties with Syrian Kurds while the Trump administration’s requirement from Turkey not to attack Kurds following US troops withdrawal from the region has yet to bear fruit.
“The Syrian government has ‘activated’ contacts with Kurdish Groups ‘in light of Turkish intervention’”, the Arab Republic’s deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad said on Wednesday, Syrian Sana reported.
Moreover, Syrian official added that there is no alternative to dialogue with the Kurdish groups.
Supplementing Mekdad’s comments, Syrian Kurdish armed groups elaborated on the state of close talks by announcing “ready to cooperate with Syrian Army”.
“There is no obstacle facing cooperation between the Kurdish militants and the Syrian Army,” the RT Arabic quoted Spokesman of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) Nuri Mahmud as saying.
He noted that the YPG will join the Damascus troops after political agreements are worked out on how to form a joint army.
Mahmud noted that “in case the YPG joins the Syrian Army; Afrin, Jarablus, al-Bab and Idlib will be liberated from the control of the Turkish Army and its allied fighters.”
In December, the Syrian government sent troops to outskirts of Manbij, a northeastern city of Syria close to the Turkish border, after Kurdish fighters appealed to Damascus for help in an effort to deter Turkey launching a military offensive in the face of the withdrawal of US troops from the area.
US President Donald Trump has delivered a firm message to Ankara via his national security advisor John Bolton that Turkey has to pledge ‘not to attack Kurds after US soldiers withdrawal from Syria’, and put it as a condition for full removal.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly rejected Washington’s requirement and snubbed Bolton by refusing to meet him, after US and Turkish officials held a high-level meeting in Ankara on Tuesday.