Syria's main, Western-backed opposition said today it will not attend the U.N-hosted peace talks in Geneva this week aimed at ending the country's crisis if Iran comes to the gathering.
Ahmad Ramadan, a senior member of the opposition coalition, said the opposition is "suspending" its participation .
Ramadan said by telephone from Istanbul "we informed Ban Ki-Moon in the past that the Coalition will not attend Genva-2 if Iran was invited", stressing that "if the situation does not change, the Coalition will not be at the talks this week".
The comments came hours after the United Nations invited Iran to attend an international meeting of foreign ministers in the Swiss city of Montreux ahead of the first direct peace talks between the warring Syrian sides.
U.N secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he had issued the invitation to Iran after speaking at length in recent days with Iranian Foreign Minister "Javid Zarif", who had "pledged that Iran would play a positive and constructive role in Montreux".
It remained unclear how definitive the Syrian opposition pullout was and how far it would go to get Iran away from Geneva.