Putin shares Turkey’s concern about Syrian Kurds – Erdogan

Russia understands Turkey’s concern regarding Syria’s Democratic Union Party and Self-Defense Forces units considered by Ankara a branch of Kurdistan’s Workers’ Party, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters after returning from the Sochi summit.

“We have clearly expressed our stance on the Democratic Union Party and the Self-Defense Forces,” the Haberturk TV channel quotes him as saying on Friday. Vladimir Putin shares our concern about the issue, but there is no similar attitude on the part of the United States and the international anti-terrorism coalition,” he stressed.

According to Erdogan, he “can hold a telephone conversation with Trump to ask him personally why arms continue to be supplied to the Kurds in Syria.”

“Where and why do they still supply weapons? They used to say that there are militants of the Islamic State there. However, this region has already been cleared of them,” the Turkish president noted.

Mikdad: We Support UN Role in Case it Respects its Charter and States’ Sovereignty

Deputy Foreign and Expatriates Minister Fayssal Mikdad stressed that the summit meeting between President Bashar al-Assad and President Vladimir Putin is one of the most important meetings as it came before holding the tripartite summit in Sochi city in Russia and it conveyed a message that Russia stands by Syria and consults with it on sensitive issues.

In an interview with the Syrian TV on Wednesday, Mikdad commented on Sochi statement, saying that the language of the statement affirms the political sides which “we have dealt with over the past years, and it deals with issues of combating terrorism and the bases set to accomplish the political process.”

Answering a question on the UN role in the future political process in Syria, Mikdad said “We support the role of the UN in case it respects its Charter which embodies the sovereignty and the independence of the states and the noninterference in their internal affairs…when the UN practices its role on these bases we welcome it.”

“The committee to discuss constitution during the coming National Dialogue Congress in Sochi doesn’t have an official nature and it is a brainstorming process as the Syrian Arab Republic discusses its constitution according to the constitutional mechanisms adopted by the laws in force similar to the parliamentary elections which are conducted according to a constitutional mechanism and the ballot boxes,” Mikdad added.

He clarified that the battel against terrorism has almost reached the end and the remnants of Jabhat al-Nusra and Daesh terrorists and the groups affiliated to them will naturally decline, asserting that the battel will continue till fully eliminating terrorism.

Mikdad called upon the states which are part of the illegal US-led coalition to withdraw from it, calling upon the US at the same time to stop its operations in Syria and withdraw its forces from it, and to combat terrorism according to the recognized international mechanism.

 

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