U.S. says Iran should only attend Syria talks if it backs transition

by Reuters
Monday, 20 January 2014 01:32 GMT

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States said on Sunday a UN invitation to Iran to participate in Syrian peace talks on Jan. 22 should be withdrawn unless Tehran publicly states its support for a 2012 agreement that establishes a transition government in Syria.

"If Iran does not fully and publicly accept the Geneva communique, the invitation must be rescinded," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.

The United States has long said that Iran should not be allowed to attend the talks in Switzerland on Jan. 22 until it states its support for a June 2012 agreement for a political transition in Syria.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is leading the U.S. delegation to the talks. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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