Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif reportedly received an invitation to meet US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last month amid escalating tensions between western powers and the Islamic Republic.
According to The New Yorker, the invitation was delivered by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul during a meeting with Zarif in New York on July 15.
Zarif, who was in Manhattan for a series of meetings at the United Nations, reportedly told Paul that he could not unilaterally accept the White House invitation without consulting with Tehran. The minister later declined the invite, explaining that he would not want a White House meeting that yielded just a photo op and a two page statement afterwards, The New Yorker said.
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