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Jaysh al-Islam, Ahrar al-Sham Militants to Skip Geneva Talks on Syria

© AFP 2022 / Alice MartinsA member of Ahrar al-Sham fires against a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) during clashes in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013.
A member of Ahrar al-Sham fires against a position of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) during clashes in the countryside of the northern Syrian Raqqa province on August 25, 2013. - Sputnik International
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The Syrian opposition High Negotiations Committee (HNC) on Sunday announced the final composition of the delegation to go to the February 20 settlement talks in Geneva.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The list of delegation members, published by the HNC's press service on social media, does not include representatives of Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar al-Sham groups. The list comprises 21 names, including 11 opposition politicians and 10 representatives of armed groups.

The press service added that the list was final, however it did not rule out possibility that could be altered.

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There is still no information, who will be the head of the delegation, however Naser Hariri, a representative of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, told Sputnik on Saturday that he was appointed to head the delegation to the talks.

The previous round of intra-Syrian talks under the auspices of the United Nations was held in Geneva on April 13-27, 2016. The next session of the UN-mediated talks is scheduled for February 20.

At the recent Syrian settlement meeting held in the capital of Kazakhstan on January 23-24, Jaysh al-Islam was represented by Mohammed Alloush, however there were no Ahrar al-Sham's representatives at the Astana meeting.

Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

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