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US deputy envoy to Syria Brownstein meets Kurdish leaders

  2021-04-18  | 
 Zhyan News Network
US Deputy Special Envoy to Syria David Brownstein and Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani meet in Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 18,2021. Photo by Kurdistan Region Presidency
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – US Deputy Special Envoy to Syria David Brownstein and some Kurdish leaders and officials on Sunday (April 18) discussed the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) militants, the presence of the Coalition forces in Iraq including the Kurdistan Region and intra-Kurdish dialogue in northeastern Syria.

In a meeting with Kurdistan President Nechirvan Barzani, the latest developments in Syria, the US mission the International Coalition against ISIS, the presence of the international forces, and the situation in northern and eastern Syria were discussed, Barzani’s media office said in a statement. 

“Both sides reaffirmed the importance of stability and dialogue among the Kurdish groups in the country [Syria] and highlighted the status of the Kurdish question in the country,” read the statement. 

The two main political groups, the National Unity Parties (PYNK) led by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC, ENKS) who enjoys close relations with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), in northeastern Syria held several rounds of talks sponsored by the US in 2020 aimed to normalize the strained ties. 

The last round was in August before new US President Joe Biden’s administration took office. 

“The solution to the complex situation in Syria will not be found overnight and that military means do not lead to solutions. Rather, the Syrian problem must be resolved through political methods and dialogue,” Barzani said. “The Kurdish issue must be addressed and resolved within Syrian.”

The senior US official stressed that the ISIS militant still pose threat and the US and its Coalition allies “will continue to support their allied forces and groups in Syria” added the statement by Barzani’s media office.

Brownstein also met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and discussed “the importance of maintaining support to the Peshmerga forces to combating the terrorist threats, and in particular ISIS, which remains active in many areas of Iraq and Syria.”

The Kurdish premier and the US official reiterated their support to the Kurdish parties in Syria to ensure the rights of the Kurdish people are represented in the national Syrian dialogue, Barzani’s office added.

The US official also met with Co-President of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) Bafel Talabani and Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Leader Masoud Barzani.

Talabani pointed out to his party’s views and stances about the latest developments in the Region and Iraq, emphasized cooperation between the political sides and described the approval of the budget as “a positive step”, Talabani’s media office said.

Brownstein denounced the recent aerial attacks on Erbil International Airport and reiterated his country’s support to the Region, Barzani’s Headquarters said.

On Wednesday, a Turkish soldier was killed and a minor were wounded in a rocket attack hit a Turkish and a residential area near Nineveh’s Bashiqa town. A TNT-fitted drone also targeted a US base near Erbil International Airport without casualties.  

(Zhyan English)