(Persia Digest) - Iranian officials have confirmed that the White House extended an invitation to the Iranian Foreign Minister to meet Donald Trump.

Persia Digest (PD) reports that the New Yorker had announced earlier that the US Senator Rand Paul invited Zarif to meet the US President Donald Trump at the White House while visiting him in New York on July 15, approved by the White House and the US Department of State. But Zarif declined the invitation saying he was on a mission to the United Nations in the US and had no agenda to meet the US president.

Officials of both countries had remained silent on this claim until two Iranian officials confirmed the invitation today.


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“It is ridiculous to ask for negotiations but sanction Iran's foreign minister. One senator invites him for a meeting and they sanction him immediately afterward. Zarif is in charge of foreign policy and in charge of public diplomacy and all kinds of diplomacy, and all diplomacy paths go through him,” Ali Rabiei, Spokesperson for the Government of Iran, said in a news conference about the sanction of Mohammad Javad Zarif by the United States.

Today, Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, also announced the sanction on Zarif after he declined Trump's offer for a face-to-face meeting. The United States' "maximum pressure" train has stopped at "failure station," he wrote.

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