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High-level Rojava delegation meets with France’s Macron

  2021-07-20  | 
 Zhyan News Network
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during the annual French ambassadors' conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Aug. 27, 2018. Photo by Philippe Wojazer/Pool Photo via AP)
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Amid calls for the international recognition of the Kurdish-backed Syria’s self-rule, a senior Kurdish delegation met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday (July 19) and discussed mutual relations and war against Islamic State (ISIS) militant group. 

The Kurdish delegation consisted of Ilham Ahmed, the head of the Executive Board of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), co-chair of the Executive Council of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) and Ghsan Yusuf, the co-chair of the Executive Council of the Civil Administration of Deir Ezzor,

During the meeting at the Elysee Palace, Macron emphasized "the need to continue work in favor of the political stabilization of northeastern Syria and inclusive governance," the French presidency office said according to La Provence newspaper. 

The invitation was at the invitation of the French presidency, Berivan Khaled told ANHA, noting “the French presidential advisers and high-level officials of the French Government attended the meeting.”

"The French President has reiterated his support for AANES until a secure and stable situation is achieved in Syria and the region,” Khaled said. “The French presidency had confirmed their continued military and economic support for AANES’ areas.”

Macron praised the Kurdish forces for fighting the ISIS and their sacrifices, assuring “Paris would continue the fight against terrorism alongside the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)", according to Elysée.

11,000 SDF were killed and thousands were wounded during the battles to recapture the ISIS-hold territories in Syria, with the help of the US-led Coalition which France is a member of it.

France has committed 100 million euros in humanitarian aids to northeast of Syria since the Syrian Kurds retook Raqqa, the capital of ISIS in Syria, in 2017, according to the French newspaper, saying Macron promised to continue the aids. 

The AANES officials and locals launched a large-scale campaign two days ago on the anniversary of the foundation of the AANES, also known as Rojava, in 2012 seeking the international recognition for the Kurdish-backed self-governance. 

The AANES is not recognized internationally as of yet, but it retains close relations with the US, France and several western countries. 

The Kurds are in charge of one thirds of the Syrian territories. 

The relations between Rojava and France have sometimes pitted Paris against Ankara, as the latter opposes to the Kurdish self-rule and accuses the Syrian Kurdish authorities of links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). 

The PKK is a Kurdish opposition group that ahs started an insurgency against the Turkish authorities, calling for Kurds' cultural rights in Turkey. 

On Tuesday, Tanju Bilgiç, the spokesperson of the Turkish foreign ministry, lashed out at Macron o for hosting the Kurdish delegation. 

“Despite all our calls, ongoing relation of France with this separatist bloody handed terrorist organization and its affiliates undermines Turkey’s national security as well as the efforts to ensure regional stability and to preserve political unity and territorial integrity of Syria,” Bilgiç said. 

Since 2016, Turkey has occupied large swathes of land from the Kurdish forces in three infamous operations with the backing of the Syrian proxies. 

Turkey fears any Kurdish self-rule may spur its Kurdish population to rise up for the same purpose.

Kurds is one of the largest non-state nations around the world, divided notoriously among Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran earlier in the last century after the collapse of the Ottomans empire. 

The Iraqi Kurds have a quasi-independent governance in northern Iraq, where it is known as the Kurdistan Region, since 1991.

(Zhyan English) 

*This story was updated at 01:26 am EBL on Wednesday (July 21)