SDC holds expanded meeting in Syria’s Kobani to discuss Turkish threats

KOBANI, Syria (North Press) – Hassan Muhammad Ali, a member of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), said on Wednesday that the recent agreement between Turkey, Finland and Sweden does not pose any threat to northeast Syria.

This came during a seminar organised by the SDC in the city of Kobani, north Syria, with the presence of more than 100 educated people, politicians, tribal leaders and representatives of the civil society in Kobani.

 “The SDC is closely following up and studying all the meetings and the agreements happening in the region about the policies the Turkey want to pursue,” he added.

The SDC has contacts with both Sweden and Finland to know about their real attitudes and about what is happening behind the scenes, he said.

“The agreement may include files related to lifting sanctions on arms exports to Turkey and issues of combating terrorism,” he added.

 “The Turkish attack on northeast Syria has nothing to do with the agreements. The American and European attitude is clear regarding this issue. There is harmony between the European and American attitude rejecting any Turkish attack, and this is the attitude of Sweden and Finland,” Ali added.

On May 23 Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said Ankara would soon launch new military operations along its southern borders to create 30-km deep safe zones.

Regarding the Russian attitude after this agreement, Ali said: “We believe that there will be a new Russian position towards Turkey, and another assessment of the relationship between the two countries.”

Russia will face a new challenge with the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO with Turkey’s approval, and Russia will reconsider its relationship with Turkey, according to Ali.

Ali denied that there is any dialogue between the SDC and the Syrian government, explaining that the dialogue is only about the security aspects between the government and the Syrian Democratic Forces within the framework of the 2019 security agreement.

Reporting by Fattah Issa