US delegation visits North-East Syria
A US delegation on Sunday visited North-East Syria. The delegation held talks with the SDF and MSD officials as well as ranking council members and tribal leaders from Raqqa, Coalition military counterparts, and humanitarian actors.
On May 16, US Acting Assistant Secretary Joey Hood visited Northeast Syria. A written statement released by the US Department of State regarding the visit said that Hood was joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Special Representative for Syria Aimee Cutrona, Deputy Envoy for Syria David Brownstein, and White House National Security Council Director for Iraq and Syria Zehra Bell.
The delegation held talks with senior officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Syrian Democratic Council (MSD), ranking council members and tribal leaders from Raqqa, Coalition military counterparts, and humanitarian actors.
The Acting Assistant Secretary underscored the U.S. commitment to cooperation and coordination in the Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continued stability in northeast Syria, and the delivery of stabilization assistance to liberated areas to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS, the US statement said.
In his engagements, the Acting Assistant Secretary emphasized the U.S. commitment to support all efforts toward a political resolution of the Syrian conflict, according to the statement. He also reiterated that the United States will continue to be a leader in the Syrian humanitarian response while working with like-minded countries to ensure the reauthorization of cross-border assistance into Syria.
SDF General Commander Mazlum Abdi said on his Twitter account that a constructive meeting was held with the US delegation.
"The international coalition forces will remain in the region to achieve a complete victory against ISIS, support stability and strengthen the Autonomous Administration," Abdi said.