U.S. appoints Turkey-friendly new Syria representative

The U.S. State Department has appointed a former ambassador to Turkey, James Jeffrey, as its special representative for Syria, pro-government broadcaster NTV said.

Jeffrey, who has served as U.S. ambassador to both Turkey and Iraq, is well-known for his pro-Turkey stances in Washington, and his appointment will be seen by some as an attempt to see eye to eye with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the thorny topic of Syria.

He was presented with a Distinguished Friends of Turkey Award in May this year by TurkOfAmerica magazine alongside Lindsey Lohan and others.

In Syrian terms, Jeffrey has long argued that the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Turkey are the same thing, meaning that the United States should not be supporting them, as the latter is classified as a terrorist organisation.