Iran’s Authorities Voice Protest Against US Presence at Syrian Astana Talks

1049553167(Sputnik) —Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that Iran is “strenuously opposed” to American presence at the talks, while Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani said that Americans will have a negative impact on the talks.

On December 17, 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the possibility of a meeting between the Syrian conflicting parties in Astana. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev supported the initiative and expressed readiness to provide a platform for such talks in the Kazakh capital. On January 17, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow considered it appropriate to invite representatives of the new US administration to the talks.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.