Informed sources in Raqqa were quoted as saying by the Arabic-language al-Arabi al-Jadid news website that al-Sabhan’s visit coincided with a trip made by Brett McGurk, the top US envoy to the anti-ISIL coalition, to the region.
“Al-Sabhan’s main objective was not helping the displaced people but it was saving nearly 30 Saudi ISIL members,” the sources said.
They added that al-Sabhan vowed to help reconstruction efforts in Syria after extradition of the Saudi ISIL members.
Al-Sabhan is minister of state for Arab Affairs. He was previously the ambassador to Iraq.
Al-Sabhan recently caused controversy in Lebanon when he called for building a coalition to fight powerful Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah resistance group which is fighting alongside the Syrian army against the terrorist groups.
Saudi Arabia has been a key backer of terrorist groups fighting in Syria.