Former Western diplomats visit Rojava, meet Syrian Kurdish officials

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Former US diplomat Peter Galbraith, and former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on visit to Rojava. Photo: ANHA

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Qamishli – Former US diplomat Peter Galbraith, and former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Sunday visited Rojava, and met with high level Syrian Kurdish officials.

The officials met with Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) co-chair Asya Abdullah, TEV-DEM co-head Aldar Xelil, foreign affairs official Abdulkarim Omer in Derik city, and discussed the recent developments in the region and the new Donald Trump presidency.

This is not the first time for Western diplomats to visit the Kurdish region of Syria.

The former French FM visited Rojava accompanied by the People’s Protection Units (YPG) spokesperson Redur Xelil in November 2014.

Kouchner reportedly also backed the setting up of a French institute in the city of Amude in northeastern Syria, and spoke last week at a conference on Rojava at the Sorbonne University in Paris with Patrice Franceschi, Alain Frachon.

Both Galbraith and Kouchner also maintain good relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq, and president Masoud Barzani. They have entered Rojava through the Samealka border crossing–controlled by the KRG.

Galbraith was one of the guests during the speech of Masoud Barzani last Wednesday when he announced the defeat of ISIS by the Peshmerga forces in Bashiqa.

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