Sinam Mohamad, a representative of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) political wing in Washington, has called on US President-elect Joe Biden to recognize the group’s administration in northeastern Syria, the Al-Monitor reported on December 30.
Mohamad made her appeal during a think tank event attended by US former Syrian envoy James Jeffrey and Michael P. Mulroy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East.
“We call on the Biden administration to recognize North and East Syria,” Mohamad said.
The representative said the SDF is in a military partnership with the US, arguing that Washington should translate this cooperation politically.
According to Mohamad, the SDF needs the US recognition to receive support for humanitarian issues and development projects in northeastern Syria.
Biden, who is set to assume office in a few weeks, has already voiced his support to the US presence in northeastern Syria. However, it remains very unlikely that any US administration would officially recognize the Kurdish-proclaimed autonomy as a legitimate state actor.
In an article published recently by the Washington-based Wilson Center, former envoy Jeffery warned the SDF against declaring autonomy or seeking independence from Syria.
The SDF appears to be planning to take advantage of Biden’s pro-intervention stand on Syria in order to establish a de-facto state in the northeastern region. These plans will likely endanger the very presence of the Kurdish-led group as it will provoke the region’s Arab majority.
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