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SEPTEMBER 2020

Kerry: ‘We are for a united Syria. We do not support an independent Kurd initiative’

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Kerry: 'We are for a united Syria. We do not support an independent Kurd initiative'

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, on Aug. 26, 2016, as they met in Geneva for an expected push towards resuming peace talks for war-ravaged Syria. Photographer: Martial Trezzini/AFP via Getty Images

As SouthFront has predicted earlier this week, the US-Kurdish relations are far away from the image in what the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) wants to believe.

“We are for a united Syria. We do not support an independent Kurd initiative,” Kerry told journalists Friday after a meeting with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

Kerry emphasized that the American forces are involved in cooperation with “a component” of the Kurdish forces on a “very limited basis.”

Lavrov added:

“Kurds must remain a part of the Syrian state, part of resolving the problem, and not a factor that will be used to split Syria apart.”

The Russian foreign minister also noted that separation of “moderate forces from the Jabhat al-Nusra militants” is one of the key issues now. According to Lavrov, Russia briefed the US on a number of rebel groups that it considers terrorist.

“In fact, today our American partners for the first time gave us a list of rebel organizations who joined the cessation of hostilities after the US mediation,” Lavrov added.

Russia and the US have reportedly agreed on a number of issues aimed to push forward a peace process iun Syria. In the coming days, experts from both states will meet in Geneva to clarify the details of what has been agreed Friday.

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