Qatar’s Foreign Minister Khaled Al-Attiya was in Istanbul this past weekend, meeting with Turkish leaders over interaction with Syrian opposition and rebel groups at the upcoming Geneva 2 talks.
In a report by the Saudi newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat on Monday, Al-Attiya also held meetings with several major militant groups fighting to topple the Syrian government. Leaders of active, militant groups from all over Syria were present in the meetings with the Qatari delegation. However, the meeting with the anti-regime groups included neither the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq nor the al-Nusra Front.
The report further stated that Syria’s rebel groups met to decide if they should break off from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in order to form a new armed force.