TEHRAN, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry voiced regret on Tuesday over excluding Iran from participating in the peace talks on Syria in Geneva.
"Rescinding the invitation is regretful," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said.
"We had never asked to be invited to Geneva II talks," Afkham said, adding that "The UN Secretary-General has overturned his invitation under pressures and we are sorry for that."
"We hoped he could explain the main reasons behind this move of rescinding the invitation to Iran," she added.
Dismayed by developments over a Syria peace conference to be held in Montreux, Switzerland later this week, UN Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon decided Monday it would proceed without Iran, despite his earlier invitation extended to Tehran.
Iran said that it would attend the peace conference on Syria without accepting preconditions.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that the invitation should be withdrawn unless Tehran publicly states its support for the full implementation of the Geneva I communique signed on June 30, 2012, which agreed to establish a transitional governing body in Syria.
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