Iranian Influence Grows as Islamic Republic Joins Syrian Talks

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  • Presence may lead to confrontation with rival Saudi Arabia
  • Iran has increased military aid to Syrian President Assad

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference.

Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif plans to join international talks on Syria’s future in Vienna on Friday, in a sign of the Islamic Republic’s growing regional influence after the nuclear accord with global powers.

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