Iran hosts meeting on Syrian conflict

DUBAI - Iran, the closest ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, hosted a conference in Tehran on Sunday to seek a resolution to the civil war in Syria.
Iranian officials said about 200 Syrian "political characters" had participated but there was no indication that the Syrian National Coalition, a new umbrella opposition group led by Sunni Muslim cleric Mouaz Alkhatib, had attended.
Iran has strongly supported Assad and has accused Western and Arab nations of fomenting violence in Syria by arming opposition groups. In turn, Syria's mostly Sunni Muslim rebels accuse Tehran of sending military personnel to Syria and of providing light arms, as well as tactical and communications expertise to Syrian government forces.