Jan 21, 2014, 7:10 PM
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Zarif criticizes UN for disinviting Iran for Syria confab

Tehran, Jan 21, IRNA – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday criticized the United Nations for disinviting Iran for international conference on Syria due to open in the Swiss city of Montreux on Wednesday.

Zarif bitterly criticized the United Nations Secretary-General Ban ki-moon for following the US lead and said that disinviting Iran discredits the United Nations.

The Iranian foreign minister who is on a visit to Ashgabat to participate in Iran-Turkmenistan Joint Economic Commission, told reporters that the invitation was too late for participation of Iran at conference of foreign ministers in Montreux and he would send deputy foreign minister in case the invitation was valid.

He said that Ban Ki-moon made the decision under pressure from the US and certain groups, a number of whom have shed the blood of the Syrian people.

"We announced from the very beginning that we would accept no preconditions for Iran's participation in Geneva-2 Conference," Zarif said.

Zarif said that in several phone conversations with the UN secretary-general last week, he had told him Iran would accept no preconditions and rejected a proposal from the UN chief that Iran must acknowledge communique of Geneva 1 conference on Syria.