Syrian Gov’t ‘Activates’ Contacts With Kurds ‘in Light of Turkish Intervention’

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Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara was ready to launch a military operation against the YPG if the United States did not compel them to abandon territory they had taken to the west of the Euphrates River.

The Syrian government has “activated” contacts with Kurdish Groups “in light of Turkish intervention”, Faisal Mekdad, Arab Republic’s deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad said on Wednesday.

He went on saying that there is no alternative to dialogue with the Kurdish groups.

“Therefore I am always optimistic… we encourage these political groups to be sincere in dialogue that is happening now between the Syrian state and these groups, taking into account that there is no alternative to that,” he said.

YPG Offers to Surrender its Zones in Syria for Kurdish Autonomy — Reports

Turkey-US Row Over Troops Pullout

US National Security Adviser John Bolton spent 7 January in Israel, assuring the country’s officials that the US troops withdrawal would not leave Syria until Turkey agrees not to attack US-allied Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

Speaking about the planned US troops withdrawal from Syria on the same day, Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin underlined that Ankara would not let the move to create new opportunities for terrorists, urging Washington to Turkey to seize arms given to the Syrian Kurdish militia.

 Erdogan Calls Bolton’s Remark…

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