On September 30, Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem accused the U.S. of sabotaging the dialogue between the Damascus government and the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which began two months ago. Muallem also said the U.S. is responsible for the attack on government forces in the northern city of al-Qamishli on September 8.
“The Syrian people are against secession and the Kurds talk about their rights, some of which are possible … The Americans entered Syria without legitimacy and their presence strengthens the Kurds’ tendency to secede … Washington ruined the talks between Damascus and the SDC and provided military support for it,” Muallem said during an interview with the Russian RT TV network.
Furthermore, Muallem said that the U.S. is gathering and training former members of ISIS at its base near the border area of al-Tanaf in order to send them then to fight against Damascus government forces.
“Washington is attracting ISIS remnants and retraining its militants at the al-Tanaf base to send them to fight Syrian government forces,” Muallem said.
The SDC, which is the political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), voiced its support for a political agreement with the Damascus government and held several meetings with Syrian officials in July. However, the SDC’s shifted its policy when U.S. officials confirmed that the US-led coalition will not withdraw from Syria.