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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's withdrawal of Iran's invitation to the Geneva II conference on Syria suggests that Rouhani will need more than charm – or even a visit by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan – to end his country's isolation.After all, since the civil war began in 2011, Iran has provided essential financial and military support to Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, while mobilizing its Lebanese proxy, the powerful Hezbollah militia, to fight against the rebels in Syria.Rouhani's failure to make a decisive statement on Syria – even after leaked photographs of systematic torture and massacre raised the world community's ire – has not helped the case for keeping Iran in the fold.Rouhani recently had an opportunity to discuss Iran's stance. In refusing to take a strong position on Syria, Rouhani – like so many other world leaders – is placing his own interests above those of the 2.3 million registered Syrian refugees, the millions more who have been internally displaced, the estimated 130,000 people killed and the rest of Syria's long-suffering population.
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