Russia invites PYD to joint meeting with Syrian opposition

Asya Abdullah, co-leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), will be one of the three party representatives going to Moscow. (AA/Mehmet Ali Özcan)

Russia has reportedly invited a Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) delegation to the capital Moscow for an official meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The delegation will consist of three PYD representatives: co-chair Asya Abdullah, the party’s France representative Khalid Isa and the co-chair of the self-declared autonomous Kobani canton, Enver Muslim.

The three PYD officials are expected to hold a meeting with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow on January 27.

Speaking to Sputnik, the PYD’s France representative Khalid Isa said the delegation will attend the meeting alongside the Syrian opposition. It is expected that the Geneva talks on the Syrian crisis, due to start on February 8, the outcome of the Astana talks and a solution to the Syrian crisis will be discussed, Isa said.

Adding that the PYD see the Russian invitation positively, Isa said, “We are a part of Syria and we want a peaceful solution in Syria. Russia invited us for a solution, and we are ready for it.”

Isa noted that the PYD will explain its federal system project to Russia and said, “As the representatives of the peoples of Northern Syria and Rojava, we want a solution that will be federal, democratic and one where everyone can be included with pride, not only for Northern Syria but for the whole of Syria.”