Two Kurdish Syrian Democratic Council delegations reach Moscow

“The core of these meetings is to discuss the future of the area east of the Euphrates River which poses a threat to Ankara,” a source said. (AFP)

Two delegations from the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) arrived in the Russian capital and are expected to meet with Russian officials on Monday, official sources in Moscow told Al Arabiya English.

“There are two Kurdish delegations that arrived in Moscow, one of them is scheduled to meet with officials from the Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday afternoon,” one of the sources said.

While Kamal Akef, the spokesman of the Diplomatic Relations Center of the Democratic Society Movement, did not provide any details about the visit, he confirmed to Al Arabiya that there is an SDC delegation in Moscow, adding that “both parties did not reach an agreement yet.”

High-level sources from the joint presidency of the SDC pointed out that the delegation, which arrived in Moscow “days ago” is headed by Dr. Abdul Karim Omar, the co-chair of the Foreign Relations Commission in north Syria.

Moscow is the second capital after Paris, which served as a meeting point for SDC representatives since the White House last week announced the withdrawal of its military forces from Syria in a period of 60 to 100 days.

Meanwhile, sources said that another SDC delegation is headed to the Russian Khmeimim airbase.

A source from Syrian Observatory for Human Rights had also confirmed that “a meeting between SDC forces and Russian authorities will happen in the coming hours in Moscow.”

“The core of these meetings is to discuss the future of the area east of the Euphrates River which poses a threat to Ankara,” he added.

According to the observatory, Russia made an offer to the SDC that guarantees the spread of border guards loyal to the Assad regime along the border with Turkey in areas under its control.

The SDC has not yet agreed to this offer.

According to sources, the SDC rejects posting more regime forces, and wants official border guards under Russian auspices.

During this trip, SDC representatives are looking to reach a peaceful solution that guarantees Turkish forces will not invade areas controlled by them east of the Euphrates and west, as well as Manbij which Turkey is continuously threatening to invade.

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