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Syria's main opposition group confirmed late Monday it would take part in the Geneva II peace talks after the UN withdrew an invitation for Iran -- the main ally to Damascus -- to also attend.
The Syrian National Coalition in a statement said it "welcomed the decision of the United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon to withdraw the invitation sent to Iran, given that Iran has not met the conditions of participation in Geneva 2 conference".
It said it therefore "confirms its participation" in the talks which it said aimed to achieve "a political transition". The opposition group's steadfast stance is that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must quit power.