Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, center, arrives at the 27th International Islamic Unity Conference in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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The chances of Syria peace talks in Switzerland succeeding without the participation of Damascus ally Iran are "not that great", a senior Iranian official said on Tuesday.Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi's comments to state television came a day after the United Nations abruptly withdrew Tehran's invitation to Wednesday's conference over its refusal to back calls for a transitional government to end the war in Syria. Russia, a Damascus ally and co-initiator of the talks, has urged that Iran be involved in the process.
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