Rouhani: No such hope for success in Geneva II conference

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan.22

By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that there is no such hope for success in the upcoming Geneva II conference on Syria, ISNA reported on Jan. 22.

"Considering the current situation, we have no such hope that the conference would be helpful to counter terrorism, because some promoters of terrorism will attend the conference", he added.

Rouhani didn't mention any name when talking about the promoters of terrorism.

He went on to say that however, we would be happy if the conference could help establish freedom and democracy in Syria.

Iran had been invited to attend the Geneva II conference on Syria by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Jan. 20.

But, the Syrian National Coalition stated that it would refuse to participate in the Geneva II conference, if Ban Ki-moon did not withdraw the invitation to Iran. Syrian opposition says Iran is one of the main supporters of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

After the Syrian opposition and the U.S. raised criticism, Ban Ki-Moon withdrew Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference.

The conference is scheduled to begin on Jan. 22.

According to international organizations, over 130,000 people have been killed, and more than 2.4 million people have fled Syria during the conflict, which broke out in March 2011.

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