On July 17, Ilham Ehmed, co-chairperson of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), told the Kurdish Rudaw TV that the SDC will open offices in the Syria governorates of Hama, Homs, Lattakia and in the Syrian capital of Damascus in the near future. Ehmed explained that such a step is a part of the ongoing efforts to reach a “democratic” solution for the crisis in Syria
“We can organize the work of the council [SDC] in many areas of Syria, from Damascus, to Lattakia, as well as in Homs and Hama, and on the other hand, there are negotiations and diplomatic endeavors at home and abroad, all within the framework of the executive body of the council,” Ehmed told Rudaw TV after heading the third annual conference of the SDC in the city of Tabqah.
The SDC is the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which controls most of eastern and northeastern Syria. The council is mainly led by the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Union Party (PYD).
The SDC’s plan to open offices in the government-held areas is a huge development that may put an end to the tension between the SDF and the Damascus government. Such a development would be impossible without the approval of the US and the efforts of Russia. The dvelopment came just a day after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Putin in Helsinki on July 16.