Iranian Foreign Minister "Mohammad Javad Zarif" and peace envoy "Lakhdar Brahimi" discussed the Syrian crisis after negotiators failed to agree on Tehran's role in upcoming talks.
Iranian foreign ministry website said that Zarif and Brahimi talked by phone "about the latest on the Geneva-2 conference" scheduled for January 22 seeking to end the Syrian crisis , adding that Zarif insisted on a political solution that includes talks between the parties to the conflict .
On Friday, Brahimi said negotiators failed to reach agreement on whether Iran should be invited to the peace talks in Switzerland next month, but that Tehran was not yet "off the list" of participants, adding "on Iran, we haven't agreed yet. It's no secret that we in the United Nations welcome the participation of Iran, but our partners in the United States are still not convinced that Iran's participation would be the right thing".
Iran says it wants to attend the peace talks but insists it will not agree to preconditions, alluding to the result of a previous forum that called for a transitional government in Damascus.