BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:10 A.M.) – A delegation from the Saudi-backed Jaysh Al-Islam militant group issued a statement on Tuesday that demanded the removal of Iran from the Syrian peace talks in order to ensure a ceasefire across the country.
“Iran is an aggressor state, an enemy of the Syrian people. It is part of the problem and we do not accept any role in the present and future of Syria as a guarantor or sponsor,” the statement obtained by TASS reads.
Jaysh Al-Islam alleges Iran is behind the sectarian war in Syria, despite the fact the Saudi-backed group has targeted minority religious sects in the past.
Jaysh Al-Islam’s leader, Mohammad Alloush, also claimed that armed groups linked to Tehran were fighting on the side of the government in Syria.
“Remove all sectarian terrorist militias affiliated with the regime of Wilayat al-Faqith in Iran from Syria by taking effective and strict measures to this,” the document said.