Would welcome Kurds back into fold, says Damascus Oct 09, 2019 0 156 12345 AFPBeirutDamascus is ready to welcome Syria’s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday.Ankara has threatened an offensive in Syria against Kurdish militias it considers terrorists and US forces on Monday pulled back from Turkish border areas, opening the way for an invasion President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said could come at any moment.“We will defend all Syrian territory, and we will not accept any occupation of Syrian land,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told the pro-government Al-Watan newspaper.The official said Kurdish groups have been “tossed aside” by Washington, after US President Donald Trump on Monday gave Turkey a green light to press ahead with its planned military operation.“The nation welcomes all its children and Damascus will solve all problems in Syria in a positive manner, away from violence,” Mekdad said, encouraging Syria’s Kurds to reconcile with the regime.In the early part of the eight-year-old civil war in Syria, the Kurds consolidated control over the northeast and set up their own autonomous institutions.When the Islamic State group swept across the region in 2014, they mounted a fierce defence of their heartland and became the US-led coalition’s main military partner on the ground. Damascus rejects Kurdish self-rule and wants central government institutions restored in Kurd-held areas. RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready for Syria offensive despite mixed Trump signals Oct 09, 2019 0 946 Iran opposes Syria military action, Zarif tells Turkey Oct 09, 2019 0 178 Iraq’s parliament meets after protests spark political crisis Oct 09, 2019 0 156 Hong Kong’s Lam says Chinese intervention can’t be ruled out dpa Hong Kong Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Chinese intervention remains an option if anti-government unrest “becomes so bad” that calling on Beijing for help cannot be ruled out. In her weekly press .. Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Istanbul: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defence ministry said Tuesday.The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralised” in air strikes in the Hakurk .. Zuma’s son says not corrupt, but victim of S African political ‘storm’ Johannesburg: The son of South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma, accused by witnesses of acting as a conduit in a major web of state graft, said on Tuesday he was not corrupt but a victim of political crossfire. Duduzane .. Mozambique says army killed 9 militants in restive north Maputo: Mozambican soldiers killed nine “evildoers” in the volatile north ahead of general elections next week, the government has said, in the first ever official confirmation of an attack on militants. Suspected .. German defence minister visits soldiers in north-eastern Mali Gao: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Tuesday visited German soldiers serving with the United Nations in Mali to learn about their mission in the West African country. The soldiers are based in .. Chinese govt blasts US blacklist of 28 entities over Xinjiang as ‘groundless’ AFP Beijing China hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying .. Iran to present regional peace plan for Strait of Hormuz ‘soon’ Tehran: Iran will be ready to present the details of its peace plan for the strategically important Strait of Hormuz “soon,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday. The plan, announced by President ..