Top Syrian Kurd Hopes Assad Serious About Talks

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BEIRUT – A top Syrian Kurdish politician said he hopes President Bashar al-Assad is serious about negotiating with Kurdish-led forces and he signaled a readiness for talks without conditions.

Aldar Xelil, one of the most influential figures in Syrian Kurdish politics, said there had been no steps yet toward negotiations mooted by Assad last month, but that any agreement between the sides would be “a historic turning point”.

“We don’t know the extent of their seriousness or preparation for this, but we hope these statements reflect serious intentions,” Xelil told Reuters in a telephone




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