US envoy Jeffrey meets with SDF to promote intra-Kurdish talks

U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey gestures during a meeting with delegations of Egypt, France, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Britain and the U.S. on Syria's situation at the UN Offices in Geneva, Switzerland September 12, 2019. Fabrice Coffrini/Pool via REUTERS

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SULAIMANI — Special Representative for Syria Engagement Ambassador James Jeffrey met with officials from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeast Syria on Sunday (September 20) in an effort to encourage talks between the two main Kurdish factions in the area.

The US has been sponsoring talks between the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) and the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) with the goal of presenting a unified Kurdish presence at the ongoing negotiations about Syria’s political future in Geneva.

Although some progress was made over the summer, participants and observers acknowledge that much remains to be done before the two rivals can meaningfully work together.

According to a press release, Jeffrey, who also serves as Special Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat Islamic State (ISIS), expressed the US’ appreciation for the many sacrifices the people of Syria have made during the fight against the militant group and said that continued cooperation against terrorism was necessary.

On Sunday evening, Jeffrey arrived in Erbil and is expected to meet with Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Tuesday.

(NRT Digital Media)