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UN Envoy: Iran Should Be Invited to Syria Peace Conference

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, 2nd left, talks with U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, 2nd right, as they arrive at their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 26, 2013.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, 2nd left, talks with U.N. and Arab League envoy on Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, 2nd right, as they arrive at their joint press conference in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 26, 2013.
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The U.N.-Arab League envoy for Syria says Iran should be invited to a peace conference next month in Geneva.

At a news conference in Tehran Saturday, Lakhdar Brahimi said Iran's participation in the so-called "Geneva 2" conference is "natural and necessary."  He said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby also believe Iran should be there.

Brahimi spoke after talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who has said Iran wants to help settle the Syria crisis through diplomacy.

Iran has been a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his country's civil war.

Brahimi is on a regional tour intended to build support for the "Geneva Two" conference, which would be aimed at establishing a transitional government to run Syria and prepare it for democratic elections.

The conflict in Syria has killed more than 100,000 people and displaced millions more since it began in March 2011.

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by: Dr Hans from: Germany
October 27, 2013 10:17 PM
At some point we must stop our silly diplomatic appeasement and containment of the Iranian nuclear facilities and take to an active military preemptive strike. The Iranian theocratic malignancy must be stopped. There is no doubt that we have a week European coalition but we have an obligation to support an American/Israeli preemptive strike on Iran for the sake of the peace in Europe.


by: Sebastian Soams from: UK
October 27, 2013 6:26 AM
if we let the Iranian theocratic fascism gain diplomatic legitimacy by reining down a terrorist organization that is metastasizing into Syria and subverting Turkey... we have learned nothing from our history with the Nazis...

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