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Iran denies sending Hezbollah to Syria

Published on Jan 25, 2014 12:47 AM

DAVOS (AFP) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Friday denied his country had sent Hezbollah militants to fight in Syria, saying the Tehran-backed Shiite extremist group was making its own decisions.

And he told a gathering at the World Economic Forum that he believed the Syrian conflict could be resolved within the next year, saying he hoped talks in Geneva would bear fruit.

The usually smiling Iranian diplomat, who has been seen as the new face of the Islamic republic since coming to office in August, was unusually combative in a tense panel session held in the Swiss mountain town of Davos.

Under constant questioning about Iran's role in shoring up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Mr Zarif said it was "preposterous" to suggest that Tehran was supporting extremist groups fighting in Syria.

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