UK Defense Secretary praises Syria’s Kurds, wants them included in peace talks

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, January 14, 2019
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The United Kingdom owes its gratitude to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who should be included in a long-lasting peace effort in Syria, UK Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

“I think our whole country owes a great debt of gratitude to SDF and many of those Kurdish forces that are part of the SDF,” Williamson told the UK Parliament, referring to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) who play a significant role in the SDF.

The defense secretary said he continues to hold discussions with his French and American counterparts “to continue to support” the Kurdish forces who have waged an important war against the Islamic State.

“We shouldn’t forget the debt of gratitude we owe them,” he added.

British special forces on the ground and the British air force provide support for the SDF in its fight against the Islamic State.

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