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What’s cooking for Syria in the Russian-American pot?

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24.09.2021

While Turkey is focusing on Idlib where three Turkish soldiers were recently killed, there is a lot of traffic surrounding Syria. The United States, after withdrawing from Afghanistan, is now preparing to withdraw its combat forces from Iraq. Nowadays, it is being debated whether the U.S. will maintain its military presence in Syria and thus we are observing a series of cross-meetings.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander General Kenneth McKenzie visited Rojava on September 10 and met with Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi. A new dimension is being added to the political contacts that began at the level of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. An invitation was sent to Rojava from Washington to this end. Ilham Ahmed, co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, together with Arab and Assyrian representatives in the autonomous administration will travel to Washington after Moscow. In Moscow, the delegation will discuss the situation with two ‘tsars’ of the Syrian case, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin and Kremlin Special Envoy for Syria Alexander Lavrentiev.

On the other side, UN Special Representative for Syria Geir Pedersen was in Damascus on September 11 to overcome a bottleneck in the constitutional committee as part of the Geneva process. This meeting in Syria ended positively and was followed by a meeting in Istanbul with Salim al-Muslat, head of the Syrian National Council, and Anas al-Abda, chairman of the Syrian Negotiating Commission. The opposition team in Istanbul met Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu a couple of days ago.
Then, on September 14, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in the middle of the night. Five days ago, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid was a guest of his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov.

All of this is in line with the contacts of Brett McGurk, National Security Council Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, with Vershinin and Lavrentiev after the Putin-Biden summit in June.

Talks in the Russia, Jordan, and Israel triangle are another facet of this traffic.

So, what’s cooking in this traffic?

When one looks at Assad’s statement in which he said he was considering a decentralized solution, we understand that the Kurdish issue has now become the matter of negotiation on the Washington-Moscow axis. Of course, uncertainties remain; there is no firm ground for negotiations........

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