Iran 'hostile' To US Involvement In Syria Talks

Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks

TEHRAN, , (Pakistan Point News - APP - 18th Jan, 2017 ) - Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported. "We are hostile to their presence and we have not invited them," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said late Tuesday, according to the Tasnim news agency. That goes against the position of the other two organisers of the talks -- Russia and Turkey -- which have said the new US administration of Donald Trump should be represented in Astana on Monday. Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council which oversees international coordination on the Syrian war, confirmed on Wednesday that Iran had refused to invite the US.