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Iran says Saudi Arabia should be barred from Syria peace process - RIA

Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan delivers a speech as he attends the 5th Moscow Conference on International Security (MCIS) in Moscow, Russia, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia should not be allowed to take part in the Syrian peace process, Iranian Defence Minister Hossein Dehghan told Russia’s state-backed RT TV station in an interview, according to the RIA news agency on Tuesday.

He was cited as saying that he thought Saudi Arabia’s insistence that President Bashar al-Assad should step down meant Riyadh should not participate in future Syrian peace talks.

Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by Andrew Osborn