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Iran not on Syria peace conference list: UN

Published on Jan 7, 2014 6:50 AM
 
UN leader Ban Ki Moon on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, sent invitations to 30 countries to attend a Syria peace conference this month, but did not include Iran, a spokesman said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States, (AFP) - UN leader Ban Ki Moon on Monday, Jan 6, 2014, sent invitations to 30 countries to attend a Syria peace conference this month, but did not include Iran, a spokesman said.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet on Jan 13 in a bid to decide Iran's role in ending the nearly three-year-old war, said UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

Russia supports the participation of Iran, a major backer of President Bashar al-Assad, at talks scheduled to start in Switzerland on Jan 22.

The US and other Western nations say Iran must first support a 2012 declaration by the major powers calling for a transitional government in Syria before it can play a frontline role in the peace talks.

 
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