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US expects UN to withdraw Iran invite to Syria talks

Published on Jan 21, 2014 12:34 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington is in talks with the United Nations over the surprise invitation of Iran to Syria peace talks and expects the invite to be withdrawn, a United States official said Monday.

Iran has "never endorsed the Geneva I communique" which calls for a transitional government in Syria and "we expect the invitation will be rescinded", a senior State Department official said.

Syrian peace talks, due to open on Wednesday in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux, were in disarray even before they began after the UN invite to Iran sparked a boycott call from the opposition.

And in an exclusive interview with AFP, President Bashar al-Assad also ruled out a power-sharing deal with the opposition.

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