The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) is ready to consider the deployment of Egyptian troops in its areas east of the Euphrates River in order to prevent any attack by Turkey, Riad Darar, a co-chairman of the Kurdish-dominated council told the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) on February 17.
“We can coordinate with the Egyptian side to allow a deployment in eastern Euphrates, they can have a presence there in many ways, we can agree on this,” Darar said.
The SDC governs northeastern Syria with direct support from the US-led coalition. Turkey began preparations to invade the entire region following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all US troops from Syria.
Darar said that he understands that Turkey will not welcome any communication between them and Egypt. However, he stressed that it is within their rights to communicate with any side that could “protect their future,” especially Egypt, who has historical ties with Syria.
“We always wanted to open an office [in Egypt] to maintain relations with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt … We are ready to visit Egypt in anytime that would be suitable for our Egyptian brothers,” the Kurdish official added.
Egypt and several other Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE, have been working to counter Turkey’s growing influence in Syria. However, it remains unclear if Cairo is willing to deploy troops in the northeastern part of the country.