Report: Negotiations for Release of Hizbullah Members from Nusra Front Captivityإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Negotiations are underway between Hizbullah and al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front on the release of three Hizbullah members taken captive in Syria’s Reef Aleppo around two months ago, al-Akhbar daily reported on Thursday.
The newspaper said that the Nusra leadership has tasked Abou Malek al-Talleh, the so-called emir of al-Nusra in Qalamun, with carrying out the negotiations.
The talks are focusing on the release of the Hizbullah fighters in return for the party to set free several al-Nusra gunmen taken captive by the party or arrested by the Lebanese authorities, it said.
The terrorist group is also trying to pressure Hizbullah to ask the Syrian army to withdraw from a village or two towns that are under its control in the Qalamun region, said the report.
A Qatari mediator is holding talks with the two sides to speed up the negotiations process, it added.