Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM
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German gov't urged to boost efforts to include Iran in Syria talks

Berlin, Jan 22, IRNA -- A senior fellow at the Berlin-based German Institute for International Politics and Security (SWP) here Wednesday called on the German government to step up efforts to bring Iran to the Syrian negotiation table.

Talking to German Press Agency dpa, Muriel Asseburg stressed Berlin

should use whatever powers it has to involve Tehran in the talks.

"It's (Iran) an important party to this conflict and must be negotiated

with," she said.

One reason the first round of Geneva talks failed, is because regional powers were excluded and not required to adhere to a political settlement, Asselburg pointed out.

"If you exclude difficult partners from talks, you might make the talks easier in the short term, but you also diminish the chances that the agreements will be carried out," she added.

Numerous leading German politicians and senior Middle East experts have lashed out at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the past day for caving in to US pressure and rescinding his invitation to Tehran to take part in the Syrian conference in the Swiss town of Montreux.

They emphasized the fact that Iran is playing a key role in resolving

the armed conflict in Syria.