Iran says it won't seek seat at Syria talks at all cost
BEIRUT (AFP) - Iran's foreign minister said in Beirut on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014, that his country is not seeking an invitation to a Jan 22 peace conference on Syria at all costs.
"If we receive an invitation without any preconditions, we will participate in the 'Geneva 2' peace conference, but we won't act in order to receive an invitation," said Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif.
UN chief Ban Ki Moon last week sent invitations to 30 countries to attend the conference, but did not include Iran, the main regional backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are to meet on Monday in a bid to decide Iran's role in ending the nearly three-year conflict.