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Iran rejects Kerry proposal on participation in Geneva 2
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_ep2(254).jpgTEHRAN – Iran will only accept those proposals on its participation in the upcoming Syria peace talks that respect its dignity, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Marzieh Afkham said on Monday. 
 
“Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis, Iran has reiterated its principled policy, which is based on the necessity of adopting a political solution. Any (proposed) solution should respect the Syrian people’s right to determine their own destiny and should be based on Syrian-Syrian dialogue,” Afkham told IRNA. 
 
“Iran has always announced its readiness to make a contribution in this regard… but Tehran will only accept those proposals which respect the Islamic Republic of Iran’s dignity,” she added.   
 
Afkham made the remarks in response to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who said in Jerusalem (Beit-ul-Moqaddas) on Sunday that Iran might play a role on the sidelines of the Geneva 2 talks, scheduled to be held in the Swiss city on January 22, even if it is not formally invited and does not endorse a 2012 international agreement on Syria.
 
“Now, could they contribute from the sidelines? Are there ways for them, conceivably, to weigh in? Can their mission that is already in Geneva… be there in order to help the process? It may be that there are ways that could happen,” Kerry said.
 
According to Reuters, the Geneva 1 accord called for the Syrian government and opposition to form a transitional government “by mutual consent”, a phrase Washington says rules out any role for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. 
 
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