Hezbollah, Nusra Front in prisoner negotiations

Published January 21st, 2016 - 11:00 GMT

Negotiations are underway between Hezbollah and al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front on the release of three Hezbollah members taken captive in Syria’s Reef Aleppo around two months ago, al-Akhbar daily reported on Thursday.

The newspaper said that the Nusra Front leadership has tasked Abou Malek al-Talleh, the emir of Nusra Front in Qalamun, with carrying out the negotiations.

The talks are focusing on the release of the Hezbollah fighters in return for the party to set free several Nusra Front gunmen taken captive by the party or arrested by the Lebanese authorities, it said.

As part of the negotiations, Nusra front is requesting that Hezbollah asks 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.

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