Syria

Arab States Endorse Syria Peace Talks, Urging Opposition To Attend

Countries remain divided over whether Iran should attend

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(Reuters)—Arab states formally endorsed proposed peace talks to end the Syrian civil war that have been delayed by disputes between world powers and divisions among the opposition.

A final communiqué after an emergency meeting of Arab League foreign ministers on Sunday called on the opposition swiftly to form a delegation under the leadership of the mainstream Syrian National Coalition, to attend the "Geneva 2" talks.

The Arab League's position indicated Gulf rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia – who have backed different rebel groups fighting President Bashar al-Assad—had put their differences aside to urge opposition chief Ahmad Jarba to head to Geneva.

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