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    Jaysh al-Islam Members to Take Part in Geneva Talks Independently - Lavrov

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    Representatives affiliated with the Jaysh al-Islam group could take part in intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on an independent basis, Russian Foreign Minister said Tuesday.

    ABU DHABI (Sputnik) — Jaysh al-Islam group could take part in intra-Syrian negotiations in Geneva on an independent basis, Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

    "We know the Syrian opposition delegation that was formed at the meeting in Ryadh includes a group of people who are involved, as we understand, with Jaysh al-Islam… We agreed — and the government delegation agreed with this — that if they take part in the negotiation process, they will have to do this independently," Lavrov said.

    "Individual participation with the delegation formed in Ryadh does not mean — and this is noted by everyone, including our American colleagues — that the Jaysh al-Islam and Ahrar ash-Sham are in any way recognized as negotiation partners. This is our stance and the stance of many other members of the International Syria Support Group," he added.

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