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Kerry, Lavrov to decide on Iran’s participation in Geneva II: UN spokesman
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep1(236).jpgTEHRAN – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will decide on Iran’s participation in the long-awaited Syria peace conference in the coming days, according to a United Nations official. 
 
The U.S. and Russian officials will make a decision in this regard during their upcoming consultations, Martin Nesirky, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told reporters, the Voice of Russia reported on Saturday.  
 
He did not say when the meeting is going to take place. 
 
Elsewhere in his remarks, Nesirky said that the UN secretary general was sure that Iran’s participation “will have a positive impact on the result” of the conference in Syria, which is scheduled to open in Montreux, Switzerland, on January 22. 
 
UN and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi said last December that the delegations to the Geneva 2 conference had been agreed upon except for Iran. He said at the time that some 26 nations, including Saudi Arabia, had been asked to join the conference.
 
Tehran has said it would attend Geneva 2 without any preconditions if invited. 
 
The Russian ambassador to Lebanon, Alexander Zasypkin, recently said Iran’s participation in the upcoming peace conference aimed at ending the crisis in Syria will be in everyone’s interest. 
 
In a Thursday interview with Lebanese Al-Manar satellite television, Zasypkin said logic necessitated Tehran’s presence in the conference, Press TV reported on Thursday. 
 
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