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UN chief says Iran should attend Geneva talks on Syria
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_atr1.jpgTEHRAN – UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon said on Monday that Iran should be involved in peace talks in Geneva aimed at ending the civil war in Syria.
 
Addressing a UN event in Lima, Peru, Ban said that Iran could play a very important role in any international agreement reached on Syria.
 
“Iran should be invited to this meeting (Geneva II). I and joint special representative (for Syria) Lakhdar Brahimi had made it clear in the past that Iran should be invited to this meeting. I believe that Iran is one of such countries who can play an important role but I have not yet decided. This is a matter for concentration among the parties concerned,” Ban said, according to Voice of Russia.
 
According to the UN secretary general, this issue will be addressed at consultations among the parties concerned. He also expressed hope that he would send all invitations by the end of this month.
 
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on November 26 that Iran was ready to take part in the Geneva talks, slated for January 22 next year, without any preconditions.
 
MT/PA 

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