Syrian Democratic Council delegation meets with Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Stockholm – The Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Anne Linde received a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) of the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. On the table were the issues of the fight against terrorism, the humanitarian situation after the Turkish invasion and the political process in the DAA and in Syria in general.

The delegation included SDC Co-Chair Mrs. Ilham Ahmed, Mr. Abdul Karim Omar, Co-Chair of the Foreign Relations Department in DAA, Mr. Metin Rhawi, Foreign Affairs official of the European Syriac Union.

The delegation was received by the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anne Linde, the Swedish Minister of the Interior Michael Damberg and the Syrian file official at the Ministry, ambassador Bir Ornius.

During the meeting the SDC delegation and the Minister discussed the implications on the region of the situation in Idlib, the recent escalation and its implications on the political process and political negotiations.

They also discussed the situation in North and East Syria with regards to the continuous Turkish aggression against civilian areas and the lack of commitment of the Turkish army and the Turkish-backed mercenary factions to the ceasefire and the protection of civilians.

Other issues were the displacement crisis, the IDPs suffering and the humanitarian situation in North and East Syria. Both sides stressed the need to provide urgent humanitarian assistance by the international community and humanitarian organizations to the areas of North and East Syria.

On the issue of ISIS detainees both sides confirmed that ISIS detainees should go on trial in the areas in which they committed their crimes. And they also stressed the necessity of international community cooperation on this dossier as it is part of the fight against terrorism.

It is worth noting that this is the second meeting with the Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Anne Linde. The first meeting was in October 2019, when Ilham Ahmed met the Swedish Minister Anne Linde after the Turkish attack on Rish Aino (Ras al Ayn) and Tal Abyad.