Kerry heads to Syria talks after Iran spat

Kerry heads to Syria talks after Iran spat

Credit: Photo: J. Scott Applewhite

In this Jan. 24, 2013 photo, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., sits before the committee he has served on for 28 years and led for the past four as he seeks confirmation as U.S. secretary of state, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on Kerry's nomination to be the next secretary of state.

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Switzerland for an international conference on ending the crisis in Syria after a last-minute resolution to a spat over Iran's participation.

Kerry departed Washington before dawn Tuesday for the meeting in Montreux, which aims to set in motion the formation of a transitional Syrian government that would hold democratic elections.

Despite being a major player in the Syria conflict, Iran won't be attending because it has refused to endorse the conference's main goal.

The U.N. invited Iran on Sunday but disinvited it on Monday after the U.S., some of its allies and the Syrian opposition protested its inclusion.

Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that the decision to disinvite Iran was a mistake but not a catastrophe.

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