BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council and Syrian government held their first official meeting in Damascus, yesterday, setting the tone for future negotiations between the two political entities.
The SDC’s delegation was led by the political group’s head, Ilham Ahmad; she previously met with Syrian government officials in the northeastern city of Al-Qamishli.
According to a government report, the SDC agreed to work with the government to repair the imperative Tabaqa Dam in western Al-Raqqa, along with future construction projects to fix other parts of the province.
A source from the Syrian government said the meeting was mostly concentrated on forming different joint committees in northern Syria, while also setting the stage for future reconciliation talks.
The source said that the government brought up the topic of Raqqa city, which is currently in ruins.
The government is interested in a future construction project to fix Raqqa city and thwart the Turkish military threat in northern Syria.
Another meeting between the Syrian government and Syrian Democratic Council is expected to take place next month, the source added.
The SDC is the political wing of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and one of the most powerful organizations in northeast Syria.