TEHRAN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran has received UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's invitation to attend Geneva II peace talks on the Syrian crisis, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday.
Amir-Abdollahian declined to comment on whether Tehran will attend the conference, according to Press TV.
The United States said Sunday that a UN invitation to Iran to participate in this week's Syria peace conference in Geneva should be rescinded unless Tehran "fully and publicly" accepts the Geneva I communique.
The invitation should be withdrawn unless Tehran publicly states its support for the full implementation of the Geneva I communique signed in 2012, which agreed to establish a transitional governing body in Syria, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
UN chief invites Iran to Geneva II
UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday that he had invited Iran to attend this week's Syria peace conference in Switzerland, also known as Geneva II.
"I have decided to issue some additional invitations to the one-day gathering in Montreux. They are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, and Iran," Ban told reporters here at a press conference. Full story
Syrian opposition suspends participation in Geneva II
ISTANBUL, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Syria's main opposition group in exile Syrian National Coalition (SNC) said here on Monday that it suspends its participation in Geneva II conference due to UN's invitation to Iran.
The SNC spokesman Louay Safi said in the announcement that it suspends the participation unless UN rescinds its invitation to Iran or Iran accepts the Geneva I communique. Full story
News Analysis: Geneva II could be start of solution to Syria crisis despite hurdles
DAMASCUS, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The countdown for the International Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis has begun, as Syrian analysts deem it as the beginning of a solution despite the low expectations by the domestic opposition groups.
Elias Murad, president of the Union of Journalists of Syria, told reporters on Saturday that the Geneva II conference has become an international demand more than a Syrian one. Full story