Russia says Iran’s presence in Geneva-II Conference necessary

Moscow, Nov 6, IRNA – Russian Foreign Minister in a statement on Wednesday said that during a meeting between Russia, the United States and the United Nations to make preparations for International Geneva-II Conference on Syria, Moscow has emphasized that Iran should participate in the Conference.

The tripartite meeting was held in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, during which Russian deputy foreign ministers Mikhail Bogdanov and Gennady Gatilov conferred with US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and United Nations Special Envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in its statement that in Geneva talks, Russia had called for formation of a committee composed of all Syrian dissident groups and stressed the need for participation of all influential regional countries such as Iran in Geneva-II Conference.

The three sides agreed to hold another meeting on November 25 to discuss remaining issues, given that certain Syrian opposition leaders are opposed to unconditional presence in the international conference on Syria, the statement read.

It added that during the talks it was noted that Geneva-II Conference provides a chance to seek a political end to Syrian crisis through dialogue.



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