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Swedish Delegation Visits Northeastern Syria for Humanitarian, Political Talks

Swedish Delegation Visits Northeastern Syria for Humanitarian, Political Talks

Sunday, 18 October, 2020 - 09:00
A boy pulls a cart at al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria, April 1, 2019. Photo by REUTERS/Ali Hashisho.

A high ranking delegation from Sweden's Foreign Ministry arrived in northeastern Syria to hold talks with the Autonomous Administration.

The delegation was headed by Special Envoy of the Syrian Crisis in the Foreign Ministry Piere Ornious, Foreign Ministry Tomas Marcus, and counselor in the European Institute for Peace Avin Jetin.

The officials met with Co-chair of the ERD in the Autonomous Administration, Abdul Karim Omar, and discussed humanitarian and political issues.

They also tackled the condition of al-Hol and Roj camps, a place for the families of terrorist ISIS members, in addition to the issue of foreign prisoners held by the Autonomous Administration.

Last year, the Swedish government evacuated eight orphans while dozens of women and children remain stranded in the camps.

However, the Autonomous Administration revealed that it repatriated around 200 women and 300 children from 20 different nationalities to their origin countries.

Leader of the Arab-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces Mazloum Abdi expressed support for the statements made by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Ann Linde in which she called for the Turkish withdrawal from Syria and urged a political solution.

Her statements were made during a press conference she held with her Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara last week.

“We agree with Swedish FM comments regarding the violations committed by Turkey in northeast Syria & we support Sweden's call for Turkey to withdraw its forces from Syria and work on a political solution that respects Syria's territorial integrity and political diversity,” he said in a tweet.

For her part, Head of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) Ilham Ahmed welcomed the Swedish FM call on Ankara to withdraw its army from northeastern Syria.

In statements to Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, she expressed gratitude to Linde who clearly demanded the withdrawal of Turkey from Syria. The head of SDC lauded the unconditional support shown by the Swedish FM to the residents of north and east Syria.

In a related context, Russia evacuated a new batch of Russian children from al-Hol camp in northeast Syria last Friday using a Russian defense ministry plane.

The children age between 2 and 13, the Commissioner for the Rights of the Child Anna Kuznetsova said, noting that this is the third flight since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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