Leader: Kurds should be at Saudi-held Syria opposition meet

November 27, 2015 08:44

BEIRUT - Syrian Kurds need political and military representation at a Syrian opposition conference organized by Saudi Arabia next month because they are a main partner fighting Islamic State and important to Syria's future, a Syrian Kurdish leader said.

Saudi Arabia says it is in contact with opposition groups about a potential meeting in the kingdom to unify their position ahead of upcoming peace talks. Some groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar Assad are wary of the Kurds, whom they see as collaborating with Damascus, a charge they deny.

Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), said no official invitations for the conference had been received yet but that the PYD expected to be represented via the National Coordination Body, a broader internal opposition group.

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