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Kerry opens door to Iran’s participation in Syrian peace talks

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AMMAN, Jordan — Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Sunday that Iran might play a role at the peace talks on Syria that are scheduled to take place this month.

It was the first time that a senior US official had indicated that Iranian diplomats might participate in the session, which is to convene in Switzerland on Jan. 22.

But Kerry also made clear that there would be limits on Iran’s role if officials in Tehran did not formally accept that the goal of the conference would be to work out arrangements for a transitional authority that would govern Syria if President Bashar Assad could be persuaded to give up power.

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