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SDF commander Mazloum Abdi hails progress in intra-Kurdish dialogue

The Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Kobani (File)
2020-05-30

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SULAIMANI — The Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Friday (May 29) that the first phase of intra-Kurdish dialogue in northeastern Syria has been successful and that negotiators will continue to seek political cooperation between the factions.

The Commander of the SDF Mazloum Abdi said in a tweet that he hopes that both the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) and the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) consider the future, interests, and fate of the people as their main goal.

He also said that they will have success and write history together.

Talks between the rival Kurdish groups have been taking place over the past several weeks, urged on by Western capitals, with the goal of giving the Kurds a seat at the table during discussions on post-war Syria.

Those supporting the effort are particularly keen to see an agreement between TEV-DEM, a coalition of parties including the Democratic Movement Party (PYD), and the ENKS. The former's armed forces, known as the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), form the backbone of SDF.

The ENKS, which has close links with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in the Kurdistan Region, has largely been excluded from decision-making the the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, but is seeking greater influence as a part of the talks.

(NRT Digital Media)