On July 27, a source familiar with the ongoing talks between the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) and the Damascus government told the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV that the government rejected a proposal of the SDC to recognize its self-administration in northeastern Syria.
The source added that the Damascus government stressed during the meeting with the SDC that it will not discuss any proposal that includes establishing a federal system or a self-administration in the areas held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), the military wing of the SDC.
From tis side, the Damascus government proposed developing and improving the current local administration law and emphasized that only the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has the right to carry arms, according to al-Mayadeen. The SDC response is yet to be known.
Earlier today, Kurdish sources confirmed that a delegation of the SDC headed by Ilham Ehmed, a co-leader of the council, arrived in Damascus to hold direct talks with the government of President Bashar al-Assad.
This is the first direct negotiation between the Damascus government and the SDC since the formation of the SDF in 2014. Despite significant differences between the two sides, local observers believe that an initial agreement may be possible.