Merkel Says Iran Talks a Model Format for Syria Negotiations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said successful negotiations by world powers over Iran’s nuclear program could provide a blueprint to start talks on ending the civil war in Syria.

Negotiators gathering Friday in Vienna to discuss Syria should look to the Iran round that included the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the U.S., U.K., France, Russia and China -- as well as Germany as a way to move talks forward, Merkel told reporters in China.

The Iran format “has perhaps proven itself in the case of Syria, certainly not overnight, but at least to have made a start in talks,” Merkel told reporters in Hefei, China.

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