Jan 22, 2014, 5:04 PM
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Iran to top Munich Security Conference agenda: official

Berlin, Jan 22, IRNA -- The Iranian nuclear issue, the Syrian conflict and the global debate over internet security amid revelations on US digital mass spying will top the agenda of the 50th Munich Security Conference (January 31-February 2), organizers said Wednesday.

The head of the Munich security meeting, Wolfgang Ischinger confirmed again that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would attend the conference, widely regarded as the top annual gathering of political movers and shakers on global strategic issues.

Ischinger had earlier reiterated the need for Iran's presence at the

Munich confab in the wake of the latest positive developments in the Iranian nuclear dossier.

Among those invited to the conference are UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and US national security advisor Susan Rice in adddition to several American senators.

A total of 20 heads of states and governments, 50 foreign and defense ministers and 10 heads of international organizations are expected to participate in the confab.

German President Joachim Gauck is scheduled to inaugurate the


Meanwhile, special guests at the three-day Munich conference are

former French president Valerie Giscard d'Estaing, ex-German

chancellor Helmut Schmidt and former US secretary of state,

Henry Kissinger.