On November 7, Bouthaina Shaaban, a top adviser to President Bashar al-Assad, said during an interview to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV that what happened in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region “should be a lesson” to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
During the interview, Shaaban confirmed that the Syrian government is open for negotiations with everyone. However, al-Assad’s top advisor stressed that the division of Syria is not negotiable, in a clear hint to the SDF “Federal System” in eastern Syria.
“Everything is up to the Syrians and to discussions between Syrians, and there cannot be discussion on the division or cutting up of a part of the country or on so-called federalism,” Shaaban said.
Furthermore, Shaaban said that the September 26 statement of the Syrian foreign minister regarding possible negotiations with the Kurds over their demand for an autonomy within Syria’s borders, had been “misinterpreted”.
“I don’t think any government can discuss with any group when it comes to the topic of the country’s unity,” Shaaban noted.
Shaaban also said that the Syrian government views the Turkish and US troops inside Syria as “illegal invader”. The top advisor of the Syrian president also confirmed that the Syrian government will not give up on Raqqa city that’s now under the SDF control.
“Turkey today is a colonizer country, its forces on our soil are illegal, just as the American forces are on our soil illegally … We will deal with this issue as we deal with any illegal invader force on our lands,” she said, without elaborating.
Shaaban’s statements shows that the Syrian government may be considering an option of armed conflict with the SDF over the Arab-inhabited areas that are currently under the SDF control.