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Rumailan: Syrian oil minister meets with PYD

KURDWATCH, November 25, 2013—On November 13, 2013, the Syrian oil minister, Sulayman al‑ʿAbbas, paid a visit to representatives of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Rumailan. According to eyewitnesses, the Asayiş, the security service of the PYD, had the empty oil drums that mark PYD checkpoints painted blue prior to the visit. They had been previously painted in the Kurdish colors of red, yellow, and green. In addition to PYD members, Arab tribal leaders from the National Defense Army also took part in the conversation with al‑ʿAbbas. The minister allegedly promised the involved parties a fixed percentage of oil revenues. The PYD’s share is said to be twenty percent.

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