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U.S. denies report that American officials met PKK in northern Iraq – VOA

2020-08-04
A U.S. national flag and its shadow on the Harry S. Truman Building at the Department of State are pictured in Washington, in this October 24, 2014 file photo
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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The United States denied a report that U.S. officials held a meeting with members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in northern Iraq, according to Voice of America.

A Kurdish channel reported on Monday that a U.S. delegation including 12 officials visited Qandil Mountains to meet with PKK members on cases related to Kurds in northern Syria.

Voice of America cited a U.S. State Department’s spokesperson as saying that there was no meeting between the PKK and U.S. officials.

A source from the U.S. military also told VOA that there was no such meeting with the PKK, calling it a “complete untrue story”.

The United States and European Union, like Turkey, classify the PKK as a terrorist organization.

Turkey, which has been waging an aerial bombing campaign against PKK positions in northern Iraq, blames the PKK for the deaths of nearly 40,000 people since 1984 when the group took up arms to fight for an ethnic homeland in southeastern Turkey.

News of a meeting between the U.S. and PKK came after U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Thursday that an American firm and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had reached a deal on oilfields in northern Syria.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said during the committee hearing that SDF General Commander Mazloum Abdi informed him that a deal had been signed with an American company to “modernize the oil fields in northeastern Syria”, and asked Pompeo whether the administration was supportive of it.

Damascus “condemns in the strongest terms the agreement signed between al-Qasd militia [SDF] and an American oil company to steal Syria’s oil under the sponsorship and support of the American administration”, Syria’s Foreign Ministry said. “This agreement is null and void and has no legal basis.”