The American Monitor website had interviewed the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, in which he talked about several thorny files, especially the situation in Syria, the role of Washington and Moscow in solving the Syrian crisis, as well as the situation in Idlib and the problem of the displaced, and the situation in Libya, and the relationship of the Autonomous Administration with Egypt and the Arab Gulf states, and the issue of the peace process between the Kurds and Turkey, in addition to the unity of the Kurdish class.
At the outset of his speech, Abdi touched on the catastrophic consequences of Turkey's invasion of northern and eastern Syria by bringing in al-Qaeda-linked mercenaries to the region, and the suffering of displaced Kurds and Arabs alike.
Mazloum pointed out that the Turkish state no longer has any pretext to attack the northern and eastern regions of Syria, and all the Turkish excuses have fallen. "We have already left the border areas, and there are now Syrian regime forces deployed along the Syrian-Turkish border."
Mazloum Abdi spoke of the great support the Kurdish people receive from all over the world, as "the people and politicians of the world showed unparalleled sympathy with our people during the Turkish invasion of northern and eastern Syria."
The Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces described the Russian role as "positive", especially with regard to solving the problems of northern and eastern Syria, and said: "Russia has great influence in Syria, and we know that it is eager to find a solution, and it will contribute greatly to helping us reach to an agreement with the Syrian regime."
Abdi emphasized that all Moscow's attempts get the Syrian regime and the Turkish regime closer will fail: "This is because the latter supports groups called the Syrian opposition against the regime, the most important of which is the Muslim Brotherhood, and Turkey's relations with the Muslim Brotherhood are strategic in nature, and are not limited to Syria." Turkey will not easily lose its relations with them, and Turkey cannot make peace with the Syrian regime.
Mazloum Abdi spoke about Turkey's violation of the signed agreements regarding northern and eastern Syria, where Ankara is changing the demographic composition of the region, as well as violating the rights of ethnic and religious minorities living there, and blamed Turkey's actions in Kobani on both Washington and Moscow.
Abdi noted that the American forces redeployed their forces in the Syrian north, explaining that the withdrawal negatively affected the war against ISIS, and the operation led to the re-establishment of ISIS mercenaries to organize its ranks, "This problem cannot be solved in months, but will take years."
There is still ambiguity about the return of US forces to the region, especially the oil regions, and Abdi says in this context: "In fact, it is still ambiguous as to whether the American forces will continue here or for how long, it is up to Trump."
Abdi called on Washington to make more efforts to help ensure a just political solution to the conflict in Syria, and to help ensure that all people of Syria, including the Kurds, are granted their full rights in a new, democratic Syria, within a new Syrian constitution.
Abdi rejected the idea that Turkey is able to repeat the Syrian scenario in Libya, or coordinate with Moscow to reach a new Astana around Libya, saying: “I think Erdogan is deceiving himself, or those around him are either misleading him intentionally or unintentionally, Libya is not Syria, where it shares with Syria borders, while Libya and Turkey do not. “Turkey is now transporting the Syrian mercenaries to Libya whom you have used against us. "
Abdi discussed the chances of resuming dialogue with Ankara, and about the possibility of direct talks with Turkey, or cooperation, as was the transfer of the remains of Suleiman Shah from its location near Kobani to its current location near the Turkish border, he said: "Why not? We know that Turkey wants to return the remains of Suleiman Shah to Kobani, and rebuild his grave there, provided Turkey does not mistake our goodwill as weakness, we will be happy to help Turkey and coordinate with the Turkish armed forces, and to carry out such an operation in a spirit of peace, and on the basis that this spirit of peace will be mutual, there are other signs of confidence building and goodwill that we will be ready for consideration."
Mazloum Abdi expressed his great concern regarding the displacement of the Syrian people of Idlib, and said that he expressed his willingness to receive the displaced Idlib people in the areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Abdi stressed that the Kurdish issue in Turkey and Syria is intertwined. The Kurds in Iraq are also part of this equation: “We cannot separate them from each other. The more you take a step towards peace in Turkey, the positive effects will be felt here in Rojava. Likewise, any positive signal from Turkey towards the Kurds in Syria has a positive effect on the Kurds in Turkey, and likewise the hostile moves taken by Turkey have a negative impact on both sides of the border.
The Commander-in-Chief pointed out: “The United States is eager to help mediate peace between us and Turkey, as President Trump promised that in his first phone call, saying: “I will talk to Erdogan and we have to fix the problem in Syria. “I said,“ Okay, please. ” We want to end our differences with Turkey, and if we do so, this will definitely de-escalate the situation of the Kurds in Turkey, and help change Turkish public opinion in favor of peace. In my message to him, I stressed the need for Turkey to address the Kurdish problem within its borders as well. He promised to do what is needed to help us, “he added, “I repeat, we've done our best to fix our problems with Turkey, as the Syrian Democratic Forces, and People’s Protection Units, we had direct talks with Turkey in the past and we are ready to do it again, we want peace. "
Abdi noted, "This does not mean that Turkey is responsible for solving the Kurdish issue in Syria, or that we are responsible for resolving the Kurdish issue in Turkey. We have said repeatedly that we are not a party to the conflict inside Turkey. The Kurdish problem here is the internal problem of Syria, and we can help in resolving it with all countries currently participating in Syria, including Turkey, but in the end it must be negotiated with the government in Damascus, so we are all Syrians and I am sure we can. "
Mazloum Abdi also referred to the Kurdish national unity and said: "This is an imperative demand and a very important issue, and we, for our part, support that, and the Kurdish National Council and the political leadership in Iraqi Kurdistan must support these efforts."
The Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, stressed that the Autonomous Administration of northern and eastern Syria has good relationship with the Arab Gulf states and Egypt, and revealed that they are working with Egypt to hold the Cairo conference.