UN-Arab League Special Envoy for Syria Lakhdar Brahimi (L) shakes hands with Iranian secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on March 16, 2014. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI
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The UN-Arab League envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, arrived in Tehran on Sunday for talks on the Syria crisis with top Iranian officials, media reports said.Shiite Iran is Syria's main regional ally and a staunch supporter of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in its struggle against mainly Sunni rebels backed by Western powers and Arab nations.UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Russia and Iran to encourage Syria to resume peace talks.The United States and other Western nations say Iran must first support a June 2012 declaration by the major powers calling for a transitional government in Syria before it can play a frontline role in peace talks.
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