US State Department: Iran to Be Invited to Join Syria Talks

US State Department: Iran to Be Invited to Join Syria Talks
Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:34:54

“At some point, obviously and the Secretary’s talked about this we know there’s going to need to be a conversation with Iran towards the end of a political transition there [in Syria], towards that end,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby said during daily press briefing on Monday.

It will be the first such US invitation extended to Iran since the eruption of the Syrian confilict in 2011, RT reports.

"“At some point, the Secretary has made clear, Iran’s going to have to be made part of this discussion. Now when that’s going to be and where that’s going to be and under what context, I think it’s fair to say that all that is still being worked out,” he added."

Although Kirby has not specified when Iran is going to join the multilateral talks over Syria, there are some speculations that the country could take part in the next diplomatic round which starts on Thursday in Vienna, AP reported, citing unnamed sources who claimed that such an invitation has already been sent.

Iran is a key ally of Syrian and one of the main opponents of the US in the region since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. This, as well as sanctions imposed over the Iranian nuclear program, means that the US has been reluctant to let Iran participate in the peace process.

On Monday Kirby Also pointing out that the US opposes the Iranian position on the Syria.Meanwhile Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday underlined the need for Iran's presence in the upcoming Vienna meeting on the Syrian crisis

Russia, conversely, insists on an inclusive format for political dialogue, which requires the participation of all parties involved in the conflict.

“It is necessary to unite everybody in all directions,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press-conference on Tuesday. He also held a phone conversation with his Iranian counterpart about Syria.


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