Russia: Iran must attend Syria peace talks
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday said that all of Syria's neighbours -- including Iran -- must be invited to the Geneva II peace talks that world powers hope to hold later this month. (AFP/File)
Moscow on Tuesday insisted that Iran must be invited to and partake in the Syrian peace negotiations that world powers hope to hold in Geneva later this month.
"All those who affect the situation must be invited to the conference. This includes all of Syria's neighbours, this includes almost almost all countries of the Persian Gulf including, of course, not only the Arab countries but also Iran," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters, AFP reported on Tuesday.
As the US-Russian initiated peace talks draw closer, the Syrian opposition and government have rallied back and forth with demands for the negotiations. The Syrian opposition may not attend the talks if Syrian President Bashar Assad does not put his resignation on the table -- a demand the government refuses.