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An online report in the Tehran Times this week said that a Foreign Ministry official had confirmed that Iran has been “verbally” invited to Geneva later this month, but is still deciding whether to participate.

“We have not received any written invitation yet,” Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told reporters in Tehran on Wednesday.

“After receiving a written invitation… we will decide on attending the conference,” Mr. Amir-Abdollahian said.