News ID: 272505
Published: 0530 GMT August 04, 2020

Iran: US oil deal with Syrian Kurds not legally valid

Iran: US oil deal with Syrian Kurds not legally valid

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned signing of an oil deal between a US oil company and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stressing that the deal lacks legal validity.

Spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Seyyed Abbas Mousavi referred to the move as the violation of international laws, adding that it is against the Syrian national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“The measure is another step taken by the US in line with plundering Syria's natural resources,” Mousavi said in his statement.

He was reacting to a deal which was signed last week between SDF, a Kurdish-led militia, and the Delaware-based Delta Crescent Energy of US.

The news related to the signed of the deal was first reported on July 30 by Al-Manitor which quoted “well-placed sources with close knowledge of the deal” as saying that the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of Northeast Syria has signed an agreement with an American oil company.

According to Manitor, the deal was inked “with the knowledge and encouragement of the White House.”

Moreover, on August 3, the reported that Turkey has strongly protested to the US move arguing that Washington's backing of the deal with SDF militia should be subject to terrorism financing laws.

Turkey considers the SDF a terrorist group with links to the PKK, a Kurdish militant organization.

Meanwhile, Syria reacted to the US oil deal by issuing a statement on August 2 in which Damascus said the deal with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) was an illegal deal aimed at "stealing" Syria's crude.

Resource: IRNA
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