A senior US official said on
Friday that it was "difficult to imagine" Iran attending Syrian
peace talks next month as it had not endorsed the June 2012
communique calling for a transitional government and was
providing military support to Damascus.
The official said talks would continue with mediator Lakhdar
Brahimi and other states on Iran's participation in the peace
talks, but there were many ways for Tehran to take part and this
was only the beginning of the process.
"Iran in this instance is the only country that has put its
own military people into the fight on the ground, that is a
unique position," the senior US official said.
"I would hope that Iran would think about withdrawing its
fighters and its support and allowing the Syrian opposition and
the regime to in fact construct a transitional government with
full executive powers by mutual consent, as Lakhdar Brahimi
said, a new Syria."