In this Wednesday, June 4, 2008 photo, Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan seen at his palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Saudi Arabia, which backs Syrian rebels, on Monday rejected Iran's participation in the Geneva II peace talks unless Tehran backs efforts for a transitional government in war-torn Syria.Iran, a key backer of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Saudi Arabia's regional arch foe, said Monday that it will attend the peace talks but without preconditions.Washington, London and Paris reacted immediately, saying Iran would have to clearly and publicly support the idea of a Syrian transitional government if it wanted to attend. Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief Bandar bin Sultan told Russian President Vladimir Putin last month that Riyadh would send a delegation to the meeting, but only on the condition the opposition is represented by its Saudi-backed National Coalition.
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