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AP Interview: Davos forum founder expects focus on Syria, Iran during event at Swiss resort

  • Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Founder and President of the World Economic Forum German Klaus Schwab speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. The world's financial and political elite will head this week to the Swiss Alps for 2014's gathering of the World Economic Forum at the ski resort of Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)  (The Associated Press)

The founder of the World Economic Forum expects discussions among world leaders over the future of Syria and Iran to be held on the sidelines of the annual gathering for political and financial elites in the Swiss ski resort.

Klaus Schwab says that "some of the true leaders with the influence on the region" will be in Davos after they attend the start of the Syria peace conference elsewhere in Switzerland.

But Schwab said in an Associated Press interview Monday that Iranian leaders interested in attracting new investment must first build confidence in the country's deal to limit its nuclear program.

Schwab, a German economist and engineer, says of the Iranians that "only in the next phase you can really talk about business."