Home > News > World
Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 4:20:02 PM
Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 4:21:00 PM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran wants to take part in next week's international peace conference on Syria but will not attend if conditions are set for its participation, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.
The United States says Iranian delegates should be at the conference in Montreux, Switzerland, only if they are willing to accept an agreement reached at a June 2012 peace conference in Geneva calling for a transitional government body to be established in Damascus "by mutual consent".
Washington interprets that language as requiring President Bashar al-Assad's departure from power but Russia and Iran reject this interpretation.
"If the Islamic Republic of Iran is invited like all other participants in the conference, it will take part in this event," Zarif told a news conference after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
He added: "We do not accept any pre-conditions for our country's participation."
Lavrov urged U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to invite Iran and Saudi Arabia to the conference starting an January 22, saying the participation of regional powers would help find a political solution to the nearly three-year-old conflict.
(Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska, Writing by Timothy Heritage, Editing by Elizabeth Piper)
Iran rejects U.S. condition for joining Syria peace conference
US says invitation to Iran to attend Syria talks should be withdrawn
Iran says won't join Syria talks if required to accept 2012 deal
Iran rejects U.S. suggestion of Syrian peace talks role
UK to Iran: Stop military aid to Syria's Assad, work for peace
Iran hits back after West chastises Tehran on rights
Black cats get Halloween protection
Thousands flood streets in Burkina Faso to press Compaore to go
Air strikes hit Kobani as Kurdish peshmerga prepare to enter
China to send elite army unit to help fight Ebola in Liberia
Russia may resume gas supply next week if Ukraine pays $2.2 billion - Gazprom
Hurley sails to CIMB Classic halfway lead
Samsung seeks China comeback with first metallic smartphones
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)