Iran’s foreign minister said on Tuesday Tehran opposed a U.S. presence at peace talks on Syria in the Kazakh capital next week, after a decision by Russia and Turkey to invite Washington, Reuters reported.
“We have not invited them, and we are against their presence,” Iran’s Tasnim news agency quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.
The comments were sparked after the United States failed to make any peace talks last year.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking separately on Tuesday at a news conference broadcast live on state television, said: “Iran, Russia and Turkey managed to bring a ceasefire to Syria … It shows these three powers have influence.
“The (Syrian) armed groups have accepted the invitation of these three countries and are going to Astana.”
Asked why the United States and Saudi Arabia had no direct role in the talks, Rouhani said: “Some countries are not attending the talks, and their role was destructive. They were helping the terrorists.”