Iran’s Basij Force commander, Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, strongly criticized US efforts to marginalize Tehran’s participation in solving the Syrian crisis, saying that any decisions made without Iran at the upcoming Geneva II conference would be “fruitless.”

“Any decision to be taken without the Islamic Republic of Iran’s presence will be futile and fruitless,” said Naqdi on Wednesday according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

Iranian officials have been pushing back since US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Sunday in Jerusalem the possibility that Tehran could play a role in finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict, even if from the sidelines.

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