Syrian minister optimistic over Kurdish talks

A Syrian government minister expressed optimism on Wednesday over dialog with Kurdish groups that want to strike a political deal with Damascus, part of their efforts to stave off a threatened Turkish attack.
Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian deputy foreign minister, said "past experiences" with the Kurdish groups had not been "encouraging." But he signaled approval of recent statements by Kurdish groups affirming they are part of Syria, saying "the conditions" were favorable for them return to the state.
"Therefore I am always optimistic ... we encourage these political groups to be sincere in dialog that is happening now between the Syrian state and these groups, taking into account that there is no alternative to that," he told a small group of journalists including Reuters.