US says Iran should only attend Syria talks if it backs transition

By REUTERS
January 20, 2014 03:50






WASHINGTON - The United States said on Sunday a UN invitation to Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks on Jan. 22 should be withdrawn unless Tehran publicly states its support for a 2012 agreement that establishes a transition government in Syria.

"If Iran does not fully and publicly accept the Geneva communique, the invitation must be rescinded," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The United States has long said that Iran should not be allowed to attend the talks in Switzerland on Jan. 22 until it states its support for a June 2012 agreement for a political transition in Syria.

US Secretary of State John Kerry is leading the US delegation to the talks.


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