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US-backed Kurdish group says no progress in talks with Syria regime

Ilham Ahmad Chair of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) in Brussels on 10 October 2019 [KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images]
Ilham Ahmad Chair of the Executive Committee of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) in Brussels on 10 October 2019 [KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images]

The Chief Executive of Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Ilham Ahmad, said no progress has been achieved with the Syrian regime over the last period.

Speaking in Raqqa on Saturday, Ahmad said, "no steps have been achieved towards dialogue with Damascus during the last period," adding that the Russians have tried to play the role of guarantor of dialogue with the Syrian regime but failed.

Ahmed said dialogue with the Assad regime and the calls for this dialogue "do not mean legitimising the regime", explaining that the American statements regarding Arab countries who had resumed ties with the Assad regime were "clear".

"The US has emphasised that the Syrian regime still lacked legitimacy, and therefore Washington stopped this normalisation," she said.

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF); a US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, which controls the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northeastern Syria.

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