Salih Muslim, US official discuss Syria talks: spokesman
The head of Syria Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Party, Salih Muslim, discussed with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, discussed the Syrian peace talks in Geneva as well as the “continued cooperation in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in northern Syria,” a spokesman said Monday.
In a telephone call, Blinken reinforced the importance of moving forward the political process for Syria, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby.According to Anadolu news agency the call came just days after talks got underway in Geneva in an attempt to end the Syrian crisis.The PYD was excluded from the talks after Turkey demanded they be kept away.It is worth mention that on Sunday, a U.S. delegation including senior US diplomat and envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State, Brett McGurk, has visited Syrian Kurdistan where he met PYD officials and members of the Kurdish YPG forces. The Geneva conference kicked off Friday under the leadership of UN Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura with a focus on setting up an interim Syrian government, forming a constitution and staging elections within two years. www.mesop.de