Iran says Zarif will attend Syria talks in Vienna on Friday: Iran news agency

DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputies will attend Syria peace talks in Vienna on Friday (Oct 28), the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

"Deputy Foreign Ministers Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi will accompany Zarif on this trip," foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham was quoted as saying by ISNA.

Teheran has advocated a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria, which has killed more than 250,000 people and displaced millions.

But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also forbidden negotiations with the United States on any issue other than the nuclear file.

The US State Department has confirmed Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the Vienna talks on Friday.

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