BEIJING, Feb 23 (Reuters) - China said on Thursday it would not accept an invitation to discuss the brewing civil war in Syria with other world powers this week in the Tunisian capital.
China will not attend the Friends of Syria conference on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, according to the Xinhua news service.
The Friends of Syria, backed by Western powers and the Arab League, will meet in Tunis on Friday to seek an internatonal agreement on how to end the violence in Syria and is expected to put pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to step down.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend. (Reporting by Don Durfee; Editing by Ed Lane)