Syria opposition says to withdraw from peace talks unless Iran invitation retracted

by Reuters
Monday, 20 January 2014 00:49 GMT

BEIRUT, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Syria's political opposition said on Monday it will withdraw its attendance at international peace talks scheduled this week unless United Nations Chief Ban Ki-moon retracts an invitation to Iran, President Bashar al-Assad's main backer.

"The Syrian Coalition announces that they will withdraw their attendance in Geneva 2 unless Ban Ki-moon retracts Iran's invitation," the Twitter post said, quoting National Coalition spokesman Louay Safi. (Reporting by Oliver Holmes in Beirut and Ali Abdelatti in Cairo; Editing by Eric Walsh)