Syrians cope with gas shortage in Damascus 370.
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In what appears to be another thaw in relations between the United
States and Iran, representatives from the two governments are expected
to participate in a UN-sponsored conference aimed at alleviating the
humanitarian crisis that has gripped Syria since the outbreak of civil
strife two years ago, Foreign Policy magazine reported on Saturday.
has thus far been opposed to joining Iran in taking part in any
international initiative aimed at Syria relief, arguing that Tehran has
contributed to the bloodletting by supporting the regime of President
While the nations have not engaged in diplomatic
relations since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Washington and Tehran
have both shown a greater willingness to iron out their differences on
Iran’s nuclear ambitions since the election of Hassan Rouhani to the
presidency earlier this year.
According to Foreign Policy
top UN official responsible for overseeing the world body’s relief
efforts in Syria invited representatives from at least a dozen countries
to a conference in Geneva dedicated to facilitating the delivery of
relief to over 2 million Syrians affected by the crisis.
Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Britain, and China are among the
governments who have been summoned to the Geneva meeting, which is
likely to take place within two weeks, Foreign Policy
and Iranian officials responded positively to the invite, though it is
yet unclear whether the Saudis, who have shown their dissatisfaction
with what they perceive to be Washington’s conciliatory approach toward
their Iranian rivals, will participate, according to Foreign Policy