…Annan wants the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and governments with influence on Syria’s government or the opposition to agree on recommendations for next steps at a meeting that has been penciled in for June 30 in Geneva.
But Iran’s involvement is opposed by the United States, Britain and France, but Annan said it should be at the table.
"We are discussing the composition and other aspects of the meeting, but I have made it quite clear that I believe Iran should be part of the solution," Annan told a news conference in Geneva.
In response to Annan’s remarks, the U.S. State Department repeated its opposition to Iran taking part, saying Tehran was playing a “destructive” role in Syria.
"We would agree that Iran should be far more constructive with regard to Syria. From our perspective that includes breaking its ties with the Assad regime and stopping what it’s doing in terms of aiding and abetting the violence that is going on," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
"In its current posture, Iran is not playing a constructive role. We don’t see any role for it therefore in the conference."