Iranian participation to "Geneva-2" still arguable
Iranian participation to "Geneva-2" still arguable
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Media reports said that U.S is blocking Iran's participation at the Syria peace conference planned for next month but the other delegations have been agreed up and will include other regional players such as Saudi Arabia.

The U.N envoy to Syria "Lakhdar Brahimi" said that about 30 nations would be invited to a day of speechmaking planned for Jan. 22 in the city of Montreux, and Iran's participation was the only sticking point, but was still a possibility. The Syrian opposition also has opposed Iran's involvement.

"The U.S. is still not convinced Iran's participation would be the right thing to do" , Brahimi told a news conference after a day of meetings with the five permanent members of the U.N Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S - and Syrian neighbors Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. "Iran is not off the list for the moment"

Along with those nations, other invitees include Algeria, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The actual negotiations between Syrian government and opposition representatives begin on Jan. 24 at the U.N's European headquarters in Geneva.

Disputes over who should represent the Syrian government and opposition , and whether Iran, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers should be at the table, have blocked previous attempts to hold peace talks.


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