US and France advocate inclusion of Administration of North and East Syria in Syrian political process

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States and France emphasized the importance of the including the Democratic Autonomous Administration of the Region of North and East Syria (DAARNES) and the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) in the political process for Syria’s future. This stance was reiterated during a collaborative initiative launched by the Atlantic Council, the Middle East Institute, and the European Institute of Peace, in partnership with civil society organizations, and attended by the envoys of France and Germany to Syria.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, Ethan Goldrich, highlighted the necessity of North and East Syria’s representation in the political process, emphasizing that their voices must be heard as integral parts of Syria. Goldrich underscored the importance of inclusivity, stressing that all parties in Syria, including the SDC, should participate in shaping the country’s future.

Echoing this sentiment, French Foreign Ministry envoy to Syria, Brigitte Cormi, affirmed France’s support for initiatives aiming to convene all Syrian stakeholders, including those from North and East Syria, at the negotiating table with the Syrian regime. Cormi emphasized that exclusion of any Syrian group, whether from North and East Syria or elsewhere, is unwarranted and urged for comprehensive representation in the political dialogue.