Iran threatens to quit Syria peace talks over Saudi role
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian speaks at a press conference about the crisis in Iraq and the situation in the Middle East in Moscow on July 1, 2014. (AFP/Alexander Nemenov)
Iran said late on Monday it would quit ongoing negotiations for a political settlement of the Syrian conflict citing disputes with Saudi Arabia, according to a statement by Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian made to the Iranian news service ISNA.
Iran and Syria have sparred at the talks which took place in Vienna on Oct. 30, which also included the US, Russia, Turkey and France along with ministers from nine other nations. The talks ended without an agreement.
"In the first round of talks, some countries, especially Saudi Arabia, played a negative and unconstructive role," Abdollahian said. "Iran will not participate if the talks are not fruitful."
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