Syrian opposition says will attend talks now Iran excluded

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.

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