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Iranian officials have spent plenty of time recently in Geneva to negotiate a deal with the West on its nuclear program. The next pressing question is whether Iran will be back in the Swiss city for the so-called Geneva 2 conference to discuss ways to try to end to Syria's civil war.

Officials in Tehran stated Monday that they'd accepted the invitation to attend that had been extended by the UN Secretary-General. But doubts still linger in many Western capitals whether Iran should participate at the conference, given its support for the regime of President Bashar al-Asad whose three-year war against opponents has provoked thousands of civilian deaths.

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