· The UN's last-minute invitation arrives in Teheran ·
Just 48 hours before the international conference on Syria – known as the Geneva 2 – began, Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, invited Iran as well as other internationals subjects including the Holy See to participate in the talks.
As reported by various media outlets, the last-minute invitation, which was announced by Ban Ki-moon at a 19 January press conference, has already been accepted. “After a series of intense discussions, I have decided to extend the invitation to Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Greece, the Holy See, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Iran”, he said.
During those same hours, the Syrian National Coalition, which brings together several groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad's government, concluded their meeting in Istanbul, and decided to attend the conference. The Coalition's decision was welcomed by Ban Ki-moon, who called it “a historic and courageous step in the interest of a political solution that will put an end to the three years of suffering of the Syrian people”. However, soon after the invitation to Iran was announced, the Coalition announced that if it is not withdrawn their delegation will not be present for the peace talks.
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