U.N. Arab league envoy: Iran ‘necessary’ at Syria talks

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The U.N.-Arab League envoy to war-torn Syria said Saturday in Tehran that Iran’s participation in international peace talks on the conflict was “necessary,” Mehr news agency reported.

“We think the participation of Iran at Geneva II is natural and necessary,” Lakhdar Brahimi said at a joint press conference after talks with Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in comments carried by Agence France-Presse.

However, Brahimi stressed that no invitations have yet been sent out for the proposed international peace conference, which he hopes will be held in late November.

Zarif, whose country is a top ally of the embattled Damascus regime, stated that “if Iran is invited to take part in Geneva II, we will be there to help find a diplomatic solution.”

Brahimi is currently on a regional tour to drum up support for the conference.

He has already visited Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar to try to muster support for the talks on ending the 31-month conflict in Syria.

However, prospects for the talks appear dim as the fractured Syrian opposition has yet to decide whether to attend the proposed Geneva II conference.

(With AFP)