|Syria talks unlikely to bear fruit: Iranian president||
TEHRAN – Talks in Switzerland over the three-year crisis in Syria are unlikely to be successful, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday.
“We are not very hopeful that the conference will be effective in promoting stability because there are countries attending that have created instability,” Rouhani said prior to his visit to Davos, Switzerland.
“However, we will be delighted if this conference can help the people of the region and Syria and contribute to freedom, democracy, and stability.”
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “Undoubtedly, the basis of every democratic solution should be the vote of the Syrian people through an effective election mechanism.”
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday withdraw an invitation to Iran to attend the conference after he was criticized by the United States and Syria’s political opposition threatened to withdraw from the peace talks.
In an interview with CNN broadcast on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the talks cannot be taken seriously without Iran.
"The thing that has happened with the withdrawal of the invitation to Iran, I believe that's unacceptable," Medvedev said. "Can someone think the Syrian problem can be seriously discussed without the Iranian factor and their account of it?"
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