Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stressed that Tehran’s partnership in Vienna talks would not undermine its support for the Syrian government and nation in their fight against terrorism.

“There is no change in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s supportive policy for Syria,” Amir Abdollahian said on Thursday.

He pointed to the upcoming Vienna conference on Syria, and said, “This meeting is an opportunity for helping the fight against terrorists, the political trend in Syria and the efforts made to realize the realities of the Arab country and the region.”

Amir Abdollahian reiterated that Tehran has always supported the anti-terrorism fight and the political trend in Syria and it will continue to do so.

“Those who intend to bypass Bashar Assad know well that only the Syrian people should decide about their fate within the specified political framework,” he added.

Iran has for the first time been invited to take part in the Syria talks in Vienna. US officials said on Tuesday that Iran has been invited to take part in the upcoming Vienna conference on Syria.

Iran was not invited to the first Geneva conference, and while the country primarily received an invitation to take part in the second Geneva conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon later rescinded the invitation under pressure from the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the foreign-backed Syrian opposition.

On Wednesday, Tehran confirmed that it would take part in the Syria peace talks in Austria on Friday.

“We have reviewed the invitation, and it was decided that the foreign minister would attend the talks,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputies will attend the Syria peace talks in Vienna on Friday.

“Deputy Foreign Ministers Hossein Amir Abdollahian, Seyed Abbas Araqchi and Majid Takht Ravanchi will accompany Foreign Minister on this trip,” Afkham said.

According to latest reports, the top diplomats from Russia, the United States, France, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey will also convene in Vienna on Friday to discuss the Syrian crisis.

It comes after Washington reversed its opposition to Tehran’s participation in talks to end the Syrian civil war.

US officials said on Tuesday that the move was a “genuine multilateral invitation,” implying they had overcome Saudi Arabian opposition to Iran attending the talks.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini will also take part in the meeting, an EU spokeswoman said during a Wednesday news conference.

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