The Washington office of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) has hired its first lobbyist, in an attempt to gain political support.
They have hired longtime Kurdish advocate Ayal Frank and his firm, AF International, for the next six months to lobby Congress and the Donald Trump administration, said Sinam Sherkany Mohamad, the US representative of the SDC (the SDC controls an autonomous region in northeastern Syria). The contract, dated July 10, is for $6,000 a month. In total nearly $40,000 for this project.
“Still now we have the attack of Turkey against our region. So we want to empower the partnership between the US and the SDC, not just the SDF on the military side.” said Mohamed.
The group eventually agreed to hire Frank, who previously represented Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) at Qorvis, and now represents the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan via his own firm.