The Syrian Defense Ministry released on October 30 an official statement, calling on fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to join its ranks in order to counter the ongoing Turkish attack on northeast Syria.
The ministry promised that it will welcome all SDF fighters and units into its ranks and settle their legal situation, even those wanted for security reasons.
“We are in Syria facing the same enemy, we and the sons of unified Syria of Arabs and Kurds should sacrifice our blood to restore every inch of the lands of beloved Syria,” the ministry’s statement reads.
The Syrian Interior Ministry released a similar statement, welcoming personnel of the SDF’s security forces, commonly known as Asayish, into its ranks.
Furthermore, the ministry stressed that it is ready to provide civil affairs services to all civilians in northeast Syria, who were not able to obtain official documents and papers in the last few years due to the situation in the region.
These statements were criticized by the SDF, which released a statement stressing that it will not accept any deal that would not “recognize and preserve” its “privacy and structure.”
“The Syrian Democratic Forces with all its components and members, and in front of the world, have been the best Syrian fighters for years who have fought ISIS and destroyed its so-called caliphate defending Syria and the world. Therefore, they are heroes who deserve praise and honor and not settle the status and do not need pardons or forgiveness like those issued against criminals and terrorists,” a statement released by the group’s media center reads.
Mazloum Abdi, commander-in-chief of the SDF, also criticized the Syrian statements on Twitter. The Kurdish leader said that the offers are “unwelcomed,” calling on Damascus to preserve the special status of the SDF.
Earlier this month, the Damascus government and the SDF reached a breakthrough agreement allowing the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to enter northeast Syria. The two sides are expected to engage in talks soon to reach a wider agreement, covering the cultural and administrative issues in the region.