Iran not on Syria peace conference list: UN
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.