Syrian Kurds agree with Assad regime to start political negotiations - Rudaw

A delegation of Syrian Kurdish party representatives has met with the Syrian government and agreed to start political negotiations, Mustafa Meşayih from the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (Yekiti), told pro-Kurdish news site Rudaw.

The delegation, including parties under the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) political wing Syrian Democratic Council, met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government officials in Hmeimim and Damascus, with Russia acting as an intermediary, Rudaw said.

“After critiques, exchange of views and suggestions, both parties have stressed their readiness for dialogue,” Meşayih was quoted by Rudaw as saying.

Joint constitutions on the matters of Syria’s constitution, administration, education, military, and oil resources will be established, Meşayih said, with participation from ministry officials from the Syrian government.

Russia is serious about acting as a guarantor for the political process, and Syrian Kurds are ready for dialogue if the government is serious as well, Meşayih said.

Following U.S. troops’ withdrawal from northeast Syria and Turkey’s consequent military incursion into the Kurdish-held region in October last year, Syrian Kurds had accelerated efforts to reconcile with Assad’s government, to limited effect.