A delegation of Syria’s anti-government militants has arrived in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana, for talks.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that Mohammad Alloush, the leader of the so-called Jaish al-Islam group, arrived in Astana at the head of a delegation earlier in the day for attending peace negotiations.
This is the fourth round of talks between the Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition in Kazakhstan. Russia, Iran and Turkey sponsor the initiative. The militants, who snubbed the previous round in March, will hold talks with the Damascus delegation, led by Bashar al-Ja’afari, who is Syria’s top negotiator and the country’s envoy to the UN.
Alloush is a notorious figure known for committing crimes against civilians and security forces in Syria, especially in areas around the capital, Damascus. He is an extremist Salafi who enjoys vast support from Saudi Arabia.