Kurds want to participate in building new Syria
After Ahmed Jarba was elected as the new president of the Syrian National Coalition, the information officer of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Syria, Nuri Brimo, said his party welcomes the election of the new leader and respect him.
Brimo said his party hoped Jarba can play a positive role in the political process in the country. “We want Jarba to convey the message of his city’s (Qamishlo) people to the Syrian National Coalition which is attempting to build a federal country of Syria with the participation of Kurds,” said Brimo
He hoped the Syrian National Coalition will take the Kurdish project in to considerations and he asked the new leader to affect all the high officials of the coalition to approve projects presented by Kurds and to protect the rights of all the ethnics and different political sides.
Brimo also said that Jarba needs to visit Kurdistan Region to initiate a dialogue between the coalition and Kurdish National Council.
Jarba, a Sunni Muslim, was born in 1969 in the north-eastern Syrian city of Qamishli, in Hassakeh province. The province is home to Arabs and Kurds.
He is a member of the Shammar tribe, one of the most prominent tribes in eastern Syria. The Shammar also has a presence in Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
Jarba was politically active in the 1990s and was imprisoned between 1996 and 1998 for opposing President Bashar alAssad.
He was jailed again in March 2011, at the start of the current uprising, for supporting pro-democracy protests. Mr Jarba left for neighbouring Lebanon that August, after his release.
He has subsequently spent time in Saudi Arabia and is believed to maintain close ties with the Gulf kingdom's leadership. Saudi Arabia is a leading source of support for the Syrian opposition.
Jarba has played a vital role in bridging the gap between tribes in eastern Syria and the opposition.
He is close to the faction of Syrian secular dissident Michel Kilo, who has sought to gain the support of minority groups in the face of a possible Islamist takeover.
Jarba was a member of the opposition Syrian National Council (SNC), before joining the coalition.
He suspended his membership of the National Coalition in March 2013, following its appointment of Ghassan Hitto as prime minister of the organization’s interim government. Jarba went on to help administer rebel-held areas.
Nuri Brimo, a senior official from the Kurdish Democratic Party of Syria.