(Persia Digest) – A former high-ranking Iranian diplomat has proposed to the Iranian President to give his phone number to the Swiss Embassy in response to President Trump’s action so he can contact him.

US President, Donald Trump, asked Iran on Thursday to call him for negotiations. CNN reported that following his remarks, WH staff gave the President’s direct number to the Swiss Embassy’s foreign interests section in Tehran to be passed on to Iranians.

This act has received different responses in Iran.

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Former FM and current head of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Kharazi, has called this an abusive propaganda to be taken with a pinch of salt.

But, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, former Iranian Ambassador to Germany and researcher at Princeton University, tweeted: “Donald Trump⁩ passes phone number to Swiss, in case Iran wants to call. ⁦Hassan Rouhani⁩ can reciprocate by passing phone number to Swiss, in case Trump wants to call.”

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The Political Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abbas Araghchi, said that passing on a phone number for the officials of the IR of Iran to contact the US President will not resolve the issues between the two countries and “they have our number if necessary.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that tensions between the US and Iran have been escalating in recent weeks after the US placed the IRGC on its FTO list and increased pressures to bring Iran’s oil exports down to zero. At the same time, the US has deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the Persian Gulf. Some media outlets are reporting the probability of a military confrontation between Iran and the US.

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