Representatives of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which control northeastern Syria, asked Hezbollah to help them in negotiations with Damascus following President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all U.S. forces from the war-torn country, Hezbollah leader revealed during an interview on January 26.
“The deadlock in Syria today is in east Euphrates River between the U.S., Kurds and Turkey,” Hasan Nasrallah told the al-Mayadeen TV.
The Lebanese leader confirmed that the Kurdish-dominated group is currently negotiating with Damascus and said that the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) should be deployed in the northeastern part of the country.
Nasrallah also revealed that the U.S. told Russia six months ago that Washington is ready to fully withdraw from Syria in return for Iran’s withdrawal from the country. However, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad rejected the American proposal.
“I believe Trump is genuine in his desire to withdraw troops from Syria; this was one of his electoral promises,” said Nasrallah commenting on the withdrawal decision.
Trump’s decision led to a backlash from the mainstream media, prominent politicians and even senior officials in Trumps’ administration like former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis who resigned in protest.
However, the US President is likely determined to carry on with the withdrawal from Syria. This will likely boost the rapprochement between Damascus and the SDF, which would choice working with Assad over Turkey, according to Kurdish sources.