Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Tuesday the United Nations had abruptly withdrawn Tehran's invitation to highly anticipated peace talks on Syria "under pressure".
"We regret that Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has withdrawn the invitation under pressure," Zarif who is in Turkmenistan capital city Ashkhabad said that in a his speech.
Heading to Tehran from Ashgabat after a two-day visit, Zarif said "It was more regrettable for Ban Ki-Moon not to mention the reason why he withdrew the invitation to Iran than the act of withdrawal itself."
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has rescinded his invitation to Iran to participate in the forthcoming international conference aimed at achieving a political solution to the Syrian crisis under pressure from the United States.
Speaking at a press briefing at the UN headquarters in New York , UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said Ban is "deeply disappointed" at Iran's statements rejecting the June 2012 Geneva communiqué.