UN invites Iran to join Geneva peace talks

TEHRAN (ISNA)- The UN invited Iran to take part in Geneva peace negotiations to settle Syrian crises.

The United Nations said that its Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura planned to consult Syrian factions and interested countries on a new round of peace talks, confirming a Reuters report.

“Starting in May … de Mistura will proceed with a series of in-depth, separate consultations with the Syrian stakeholders and regional/international actors to take stock of their views as of today,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

A UN spokesman in Geneva, Ahmad Fawzi, said de Mistura was “heavily engaged” in discussions on the process, which would be based on the Geneva communiqué, the June 2012 document.

No invitations to the talks, which will be held in Geneva, have yet been sent out, Fawzi said.

A UN source in Geneva said Iran would be among those invited.

Asked about Iran’s possible participation, Dujarric said, “It is important that all those who have an influence on the current conflict be included in discussions.”