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    Syrian armed opposition groups which are taking part in the talks in Astana should counter the ex-Nusra Front terrorist group jointly, should the former attack, Abdulhakim Bashar, the opposition delegation adviser, told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Monday, member of the delegation to the talks in Astana Osama Abu Zeid said that the Syrian opposition does not want to discuss fighting against Jabhat Fateh al-Sham militant group as long as foreign forces remain in the country.

    "I think that everything is leading to groups, including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [formerly known as al-Nusra Front] could attack the opposition groups which are presently in Astana… These groups should unite to counter Jabhat Fateh al-Sham," Bashar said.

    At the same time, a draft joint statement by Iran, Russia, Turkey on the Astana talks reportedly reiterates the countries’ determination to fight Daesh and Jabhat Fatah Al-Sham.

    An international meeting on the Syrian settlement began in the capital of Kazakhstan on January 23 with the participation of a number of delegations, including armed opposition, Damascus, Russia, Iran and Turkey.


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