US hails withdrawal of Iran invite to Syria meet

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Monday welcomed U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon's decision to rescind his invitation to Iran to attend an international conference on Syria this week, saying it hoped the move would refocus attention on the goals of the meeting.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH-kee) said the U.S. hopes "all parties can now return to focus on the task at hand, which is bringing an end to the suffering of the Syrian people and beginning a process toward a political transition. Her statement was released soon after the U.N. announced it had withdrawn the invitation issued to Iran on Sunday and the main western-backed Syrian opposition group dropped its threat to boycott the conference. Secretary of State John Kerry is to attend the conference.

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