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John Kerry Heads To Syria Talks After Iran Spat

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks as he participates in a joint press availability with Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird and Mexican Foreign Secretary Jose Antonio Meade January 17, 2014 at the State Department in Washington, DC. Secretary Kerry hosted the North American Ministerial with his counterparts to discuss 'advancing North American prosperity, North Americas leadership on energy and climate change, international engagement, and citizen security. | Alex Wong via Getty Images

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is headed to Switzerland for an international conference on ending the crisis in Syria after a last-minute resolution to a spat over Iran's participation.

Kerry departed Washington before dawn Tuesday for the meeting in Montreux, which aims to set in motion the formation of a transitional Syrian government that would hold democratic elections.

Despite being a major player in the Syria conflict, Iran won't be attending because it has refused to endorse the conference's main goal.

The U.N. invited Iran on Sunday but disinvited it on Monday after the U.S., some of its allies and the Syrian opposition protested its inclusion.

Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday that the decision to disinvite Iran was a mistake but not a catastrophe.

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