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Rouhani tells Putin: Syrian peace conference will fail without Iran

The Syrian peace conference will fail if Iran, Syria's main regional ally, does not participate, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was quoted by news agency ISNA as saying.
"Any trans-regional meeting that is not attended by influential players will be unable to solve the Syria crisis," Rouhani told Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call.
Putin stressed the importance of Iran's participation at the conference.
"We believe any preconditions for Iran's participation are useless and unconstructive," Putin was quoted as saying, in a reference to Tehran's refusal to sign up to a June 2012 accord calling for a transitional government to replace the Assad regime.
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