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Int'l working group to discuss terrorist groups in Syria

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Date: 28 December 2015 12:52

Tehran, Iran, Dec. 28

By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

The countries engaged in Syrian peace talks have set up a workgroup tasked with investigating the issue of terrorist groups in the country, Hossein Jaber Ansari, the spokesman with the Iranian foreign ministry said.

So far the IS (ISIS/ISIL or Daesh) and al-Nusrah front have been unanimously designated as terrorist groups by the negotiating countries during the mid-November talks in Vienna, he said during a press conference in Tehran Dec. 28, Trend's correspondent reported.

Ansari further added that the designation of any other group as terrorist will require consensus among the member countries of Syrian peace talks.

During the mid-December session of UN Security Council discussing Syrian crisis, a group of European and Middle Eastern states were tasked with listing the terrorist groups in Syria as a previous list prepared by Jordan was not agreed upon.

Jordan, which after the second round of Syrian peace talks in Vienna in mid-November was tasked with listing terrorist organizations in Syria, presented a document suggesting about 160 groups as terrorists, which included Iran’s IRGC (the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps) as well.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s sharp reaction prevented the adoption of the list, and a new working group was set up to compile another list. Now Jordan, Iran and France alongside with Russia, Oman and Egypt will discuss listing the terrorist groups in Syria.

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