Russia: Iran Must Participate in Proposed Syria Conference

Friday, 17 May 2013 03:19 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

MOSCOW — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Iran must take part in a proposed international conference to end Syria's civil war, but that Western states wanted 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.

Russia has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally during the conflict. Moscow agreed last week with the United States to try to organize an international conference similar to one that was held last year, but this time with representatives of the government and opposition attending.

Iran has welcomed the proposal and has voiced hope to be part of the process. Its wish to participate in a June 2012 meeting on Syria hosted by the United Nations in Geneva was a bone of contention between Washington and Moscow.

"One must not exclude a country like Iran from this process because of geopolitical preferences. It is a very important external player. But there is no agreement on this yet," Lavrov said in the interview given to a Lebanese television station.

The United States is loath to see Iran, a strong supporter of Assad, being at any such talks. No venue has been confirmed but Secretary of State John Kerry has talked of a "Geneva Two" meeting.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

British Royal Couple's Second Child Due in April

Monday, 20 Oct 2014 06:41 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have confirmed that their second baby is due in April - the first time they've offered . . .

Mystery Deepens over Reported Russian Sub in Sweden

Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 08:46 AM

Mystery deepened Sunday over a Swedish military operation triggered by foreign underwater activity off the coast of St . . .

Paris Sculpture Removed after Vandals Strike

Saturday, 18 Oct 2014 12:07 PM

A controversial green art installation on Paris' tony Place Vendome has been taken down after being vandalized overnight . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved