Iran attending Syria talks without preconditions: Afkham
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham says Iran is participating in the upcoming Geneva conference on the Syrian crisis without accepting any preconditions.
“We accept no precondition for participating in the Geneva II [conference] and, based on the official invitation [we received], Iran will take part in the conference without [any] preconditions,” said Afkham on Monday.
Commenting on the US State Department stance on Iran’s presence in the conference Afkham said, “We have always rejected preconditions [but have] supported any political solution to resolve the Syrian crisis and we were one of the first countries… [to state that] dialogue and peaceful paths are the only way to end the Syrian crisis.”
On Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Iran has been invited to the Geneva II conference.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Iran can take part in the Geneva II talks if only Tehran accepts the 2012 Geneva communiqué.
The 2012 Geneva communiqué outlines measures for a transition of power in Syria, and its key demand means Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will have to step down.
The Geneva II talks are set to begin on January 22 in Switzerland. The event will bring together Syrian government and the foreign-backed opposition as well as representatives of many countries, in an effort to end the ongoing conflict in Syrian.