World Bulletin / News Desk
Saleh Mohammed Muslim, the head of a Syrian Kurdish group affiliated with the militant Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), the Kurdish Democratic Union (PYD), which is active in northern Syria, has stated that he is always ready to meet with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
After Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces withdrew from the northern part of Syria, Kurdish groups, including the PYD, established control in northern Syria, thus posing a security threat to Turkey.
In an interview with the International Middle East Peace Research Center on Monday, Muslim sent positive messages to Turkey, expressing that he is ready to meet with Davutoğlu.
"We are also always open to talk with Foreign Minister Davutoğlu ... because we are always in favor of dialogue," Muslim said, recounting the importance of dialogues and meetings between Turkey and the PYD.
Urging Turkish authorities to get rid of prejudice towards Kurds, Muslim said, “We have never opposed the Turkish people,” adding: “We have been expecting Turkey to listen us. The brotherhood between the two communities bring this necessity to the fore. But, to for this to happen, initially the old mindset needs to change. ”
Stating that the PYD is a leading force among the Syrian Kurdish community, Muslim said that the PYD has no natural link with the PKK.
Asked whether the militant PKK is able to attack Turkey from the places that are controlled by the PYD, Muslim answered: “Our point of view on this issue is clear. From our side, there is no gunfire. How I can express this better? I guarantee that there won't be any shooting from armed militia power towards Turkey.”
Commenting on whether the Assad regime can remain in power Muslim noted: “The Assad regime really can endure longer than has been estimated. If it [the regime] falls, the whole of Syria will collapse.”
731km out of projected 828km wall along Syrian frontier has already been constructed, according to Turkish official
Motion will extend mandate for Turkey's cross-border operations in Iraq and Syria for another year
Interior Ministry official says 35,000 applications already completed
'It will not bring happiness to our Kurdish brothers in the region,' Turkish PM Binali Yildirim says
Jet catches fire which has been now put out; 2 pilots, air stewardess slightly hurt
Hakkari governorate says howitzers killed four PKK terrorists in Yuksekova district
Turkish Coast Guard rescues 38 others following incident early Friday morning
Turkey's Diyanet Foundation says its has given $16M in scholarship to foreign students
One injured, 8 arrested at Caglayan courthouse as rival sides in murder trial exchange fire
Operations launched as part of investigations conducted by Chief Public Prosecutor’s Offices across country
Center in capital’s Altindag district to provide healthcare services to mainly Syrian refugees in Turkey
Reinforcement commando units arrive at Syrian border near southern Hatay’s Reyhanli district, says military source
Air force launches strikes close to border late Tuesday, military says
Fifth Avenue premises will be 'important bridge' to US market for Turkey, says economy minister
BIST 100 index rises 0.36 pct while US dollar/Turkish lira rate falls 3.48
Kurdish Regional Government 'ignoring' Ankara, Erdogan says, warning sanctions would not be 'ordinary'