FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2005 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside the General Assembly building at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Rountree, File)
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Washington is in talks with the U.N. over the surprise invitation of Iran to Syria peace talks and expects the invite to be withdrawn, a U.S. official said Monday.Syrian peace talks, due to open on Wednesday in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux, were in disarray even before they began after the UN invite to Iran sparked a boycott call from the opposition.UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Monday that "urgent" talks on the peace conference were being held after the Syrian opposition threatened to withdraw if Iran takes part.US Secretary of State John Kerry had been in touch with Ban over the weekend and would most likely speak with him again on Monday, the US officials said.
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