Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he’s surprised from the demand of Syrian opposition Coalition to exclude Iran from attending " Geneva2 " conference on Syria .
He said coalition’s chairman Ahmad Jarba had already demanded conditions to approve attending the conference , including setting a date for the departure of Syrian President Bashar al -Assad and intensifying arming the opposition .
Lavrov stressed that these demands are strange because it contradict the statement issued by “Geneva 1” peace conference, held in Geneva last year . He stressed in a joint news conference with his New Zealander counterpart Murray McCully that Russia had already agreed with the United States to convene "Geneva 2" a conference without any preconditions , except the requirement of applying Geneva statement. Lavrov considered that the Opposition Coalition becomes vulnerable to marginalization , while influence shifts to other parts of Assad 's opponents . He said, "The Opposition Coalition, which didn’t enjoy support even when it was established, has become increasingly vulnerable to marginalization , and the influence of the real Assad’s opponents camp moves to other people.
He also stressed that all the external parties able to influence in Syria should be invited , saying " all who influence the situation , should be invited to the conference . This includes all of Syria 's neighbors , and all the Gulf states, and not only the Arab countries , and even Iran and the five permanent members of the Security Council and Turkey”.