US voices concern over reports from Afrin City

The US voiced Monday its deep concern over reports from Afrin City over the last 48 hours, saying “we have repeatedly expressed our serious concern to Turkish officials regarding the situation in Afrin.” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement “the United States calls on all relevant actors operating in the northwest, including Turkey, Russia, and the Syrian Regime, to provide access for international humanitarian organizations, facilitate the urgent delivery of humanitarian assistance to those displaced by the violence, and develop a coordinated program for the safe and voluntary return of people to their homes in Afrin City as soon as possible.” It affirmed that the US “remains committed to the full and immediate implementation of UNSCR 2401, which calls for a nationwide cessation of hostilities throughout Syria for at least 30 days.” “The United States does not operate in the area of northwest Syria, where Afrin is located. We remain committed to our NATO ally Turkey, to include their legitimate security concerns,” she remarked.

She added “we also remain committed to the Defeat (IS) campaign and our Syrian Democratic Forces partners in eastern Syria,” noting that the fighting in western Syria over the last two months, including in Afrin “has distracted from the Defeat (IS) campaign and provided opportunity for (IS) to begin reconstituting in some areas.” “This is a serious and growing concern. We call on all actors in Syria to remain focused on this significant threat from (IS),” she stressed.

Source: Kuwait News Agency