Russia: Iran must participate in proposed Syria conference

May 16, 2013 21:20

MOSCOW - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Iran must participate in a proposed international conference on Syria, but that Western states were aiming to limit the participants and possibly predetermine the outcome of the talks.

"Among some of our Western colleagues, there is a desire to narrow the circle of external participants and begin the process from a very small group of countries in a framework which, in essence would predetermine the negotiating teams, agenda, and maybe even the outcome of talks," Lavrov said in an interview posted on the Foreign Ministry website on Thursday.

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