PYD leader Muslim says he was not invited to Syria talks

PKK’s Syrian extention PYD leader Salih Muslim says he has not received invitation from United Nations to participate in Syria peace talks in Geneva

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Photo by: AA

PYD leader Salih Muslim speaks during a meeting in undated photo

Salih Muslim, the leader of the PYD, has not received an invitation to the UN-mediated Syria peace talks in Geneva and is not aware of any Kurdish representatives getting an invitation, he said on Tuesday.

"Of course we would sincerely like to join, and also we think that if we don't join it, this Geneva 3 will fail as happened in Geneva 2, where they excluded some sides," Muslim told Reuters.

"Of course we are representing a large number of people on the ground so by excluding us they are not doing well for a political solution."

Turkey considers PYD as the PKK's Syrian extension, which is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, and the US.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu had previously announced that Turkey will boycott the Syria peace talks if PKK’s Syrian extension PYD is invited to the latest Geneva meeting, organised by the United Nations.

The United Nations has invited Syria's government and opposition to the peace talks, set to start in Geneva on Friday, a UN statement said on Tuesday, without giving any details of who had been invited, or how many groups might participate.

Russia, a strong ally of the Syrian regime, has been lobbying for PYD to be included on the list of opposition participant groups in the Geneva talks.

TRTWorld, Reuters