French Senate honors YPG, YPJ for fighting ISIS

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – The French Senate honored on Saturday the spokespersons for the Kurdish Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in appreciation of the sacrifices made by them in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group.

As part of Newroz Reception held in the capital of France, Nuri Mahmud, the YPG spokesperson, and Roxsana Muhammad, the YPJ  spokeswoman, were awarded the “Medal of Honor” by the French Senator, Xavier Ecoville.

Newroz Reception is held annually by the Kurdish Businessmen Union in France, it was organized in the French Senate, as well as it was celebrated in the USA and England.

In addition to officials from the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), many French senators and politicians attended the ceremony.

A delegation from the AANES travelled to Paris to discuss the challenges facing the political process in Syria with officials of the French Senate.

In a statement to North Press, Roxana Muhammad, the YPJ spokeswoman, said “We were invited by the Kurdish Businessmen Union in France to the Newroz celebration, where Nuri Muhammad and I were awarded the Medal of Honor.” 

She said they met with Pierre Laurent, Vice-President of the French Senate, and discussed the general situation in Syria and possible political solutions.

Fighting ISIS, Turkish threats, and aggression against the region, in addition to the political, economic, humanitarian, and security challenges facing the AANES, topped the talks, Muhammad added.

She noted that they discussed the situation in Afrin, the demographic change practices by Turkey there, as well as, the crime committed against the Kurds on Newroz Eve by the Turkish-backed factions.

The YPJ spokeswoman said that the French official, Pierre Laurent, extends his condolences to the victims of the Feb. 6 earthquake in Syria, and to the victims of the Newroz killings in Jindires.

Reporting by Shella Abdulhalim