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        1/5/2014, Shevat 4, 5774

      Kerry Offers Iran to Participate in Syria Peace Talks

      Irish Times reports US Secretary of State John Kerry said today Iran could play a role on the sidelines of Syrian peace talks, the first sign he might accept some participation from Tehran amid a thawing of relations between the two countries.

      Washington, and Syrian opposition groups, says Irish Times, have long objected to any involvement from Iran, the main regional ally of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad during the near three-year uprising against his rule.

      Mr Kerry, at a news conference during a visit to Israel, reiterated Washington’s opposition to Iran being a formal participant in the negotiations, slated for January 22nd, because it did not support last year’s international agreement on Syria, adds Irish Times.

      “Now could they contribute from the sidelines? Are there ways for them, conceivably, to weigh in? Can their mission that is already in Geneva ... be there in order to help the process? It may be that there are ways that could happen,” Mr Kerry said.