Manbij military council's Spokesperson Shervan Derwish (4th-L) gives a press conference in Manbij on June 6, 2018.
/ AFP / Delil SOULEIMAN
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The dominant U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish party that controls large swaths of oil-rich territory in northeastern Syria is prepared to hold talks with the Damascus government over the future of the area, a senior Kurdish official said Wednesday.The proposition came a day after Turkey and the United States agreed on a "roadmap" to resolve a dispute over the northern Syrian town of Manbij, which is controlled by the U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters, Washington's main ally in Syria.Another Kurdish official suggested the time may be ripe for dialogue with the Syrian government, which has opposed the Turkey-U.S. deal on Manbij.Syrian President Bashar Assad's government has oscillated between reaching out to the Kurds and lashing out at them for collaborating with the U.S. Last year, the Syrian foreign minister said self-administration for the Kurds is "negotiable".
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