Ahead of Geneva II
“Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem will visit Moscow on January 16 and January 17, respectively, to meet with (Russian Foreign Minister) Sergei Lavrov,” the ministry said. [RIA Novosti, 13 January)
Geneva II will be held on 22 January in Montreaux, Switzerland, and will be attended by the U.S., Russia, China, France, the UK and about 30 other countries. Russia is pushing for Iran to be invited to the conference as well.
The US has asked Iran to accept the agreements reached at Geneva I conference as the starting point for Geneva II talks. The Geneva I agreements did not include Assad as the head of any new interim national-unity government in Syria. Iran has so far refused to accept the condition.
File photo: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (Ruben Sprich/Reuters/RIA Novosti)