The international community has welcomed Iran’s decision to join talks on Syria in Vienna.
Russia, the US and Europe will be at Friday’s meeting.
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They will be joined for the first time by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Iran.
“The first step” – Germany
Germany’s foreign minister says it is not a breakthrough nor a political solution, but is definitely the first step:
“This might not seem like much, but in the light of the problems we have had in recent weeks and months, getting the most important participants around one table means a lot. The fate of Assad will not be decided in Vienna.”
The future of Bashar al-Assad
The future of President Bashar al-Assad is key.
Russia and Iran say he must play a part in any political transition.
But others, notably the US, say Assad has no role in Syria’s future.
No decision on this is expected from the current talks.