UN withdraws Iran invitation to attend Syria talks

imgU.N. chief Ban Ki-moon pulled out from an eleventh-hour invitation to Iran for attending peace talks on Syria on Monday after the Syrian opposition warned of a boycott of this week’s conference if President Bashar al-Assad’s main sponsor took part.

Ending nearly 24 hours of confusion that shocked diplomats who have spent months cajoling Assad’s opponents to negotiate, Ban’s spokesman said Iran was no longer welcome at the initial day of talks at Montreux, Switzerland on Wednesday.

The opposition immediately withdrew its threat to stay away from the conference known as Geneva-2.

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