US Doesn’t Have a Political Future for SDF: Ambassador Jeffrey
The US has once again reminded the Syrian Kurdish forces that Washington has no place for a separate political entity in the future for the areas in northern Syria, mainly the Kurdish territories.
The remarks were made by US Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey on Wednesday when briefing the members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about the current situation and latest developments in Syria’s crisis.
He said that there would not be an independent Kurdistan in northern Syria, as reported by the VOA.
“The political future we offer for them is the political future we offer for everybody in Syria … a democratic, peaceful government,” Jeffrey added.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) played a vital role in the war against the Islamic State (IS) over the past few years. Backed by the US-led Coalition, the Kurdish fighters spearheaded the military operations to eradicate IS from a massive area in north and northeast Syria.
However, Turkey is concerned with the growing role of the Kurdish fighters whom are seen by Ankara as the offsprings of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
Washington, on the other hand, is attempting to maintain a balance in its partnership with the Syrian Kurds and its NATO ally, Turkey. Ambassador Jeffrey said that Ankara “has a very legitimate concern” about the Syrian Kurdish fighters, but he reminded the representatives that President Donald Trump remains committed to honoring both alliances. Source