Syrian Kurdish leader to hold talks with Turkish officials

Syrian Kurdish leader to hold talks with Turkish officials
# 15 August 2013 00:04 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), a Kurdish group in northern Syria, is expected to hold talks with Turkish officials, in his second visit to Turkey in less than a month, Turkey's local media reported on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The visit of Saleh Muslim comes amid intensifying clashes between Kurdish militants and al-Qaida-linked fighters in northern Syria.

The Kurdish politician has arrived in Turkey, while Turkish officials declined to specify an exact date for the visit of Muslim, pro-Kurdish Firat news agency reported.

A meeting is not scheduled with the PYD leader yet, Turkish officials said, adding that Ankara was open to hold talks with Muslim, as two parties decided to continue dialogue at the first meeting last month in Istanbul.

In a recent interview with the semi-official Anatolia news agency, Muslim said the possible discussion topics with Turkish officials would include humanitarian aid from Turkey to northern Syria, the opening of border gates and other issues over the region.

Turkish leaders reiterated three expectations from the PYD, including taking a clear stance against the Syrian government, avoiding any security threat against Turkish border and not attempting for a fait accompli declaration of statehood in Syria.

In the previous meeting with the Syrian Kurdish politician, Ankara urged the PYD to align with Syrian opposition forces against the Syrian government.

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