Iranian President Hassan Rouhani could visit Germany in late January for a high-level security conference, a German paper reported Tuesday.
Rouhani was invited to the 50th Munich Security Conference, which will take place January 31 through February 2, according to a report in Der Spiegel.
Though Tehran has given no indication as to whether Rouhani will attend the privately run confab, news of the invitation was run by Iran’s state-run IRNA news service, leading to speculation that he could make the trip.
The conference is an annual gathering for politicians and security figures from around the world to discuss issues of international security policy.
Though the election of Rouhani in 2013 led to a thaw in ties between Tehran and the West, officials in Berlin told Der Speigel that it is still too early for Rouhani to make an official state visit and meet with lawmakers.
The presence at the conference of Islamic Republic’s leader, whose country is in the midst of negotiating a nuclear deal with the P5+1, would be a significant indicator of Iran’s improved global status.
In 2013, then-foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi represented Iran at the event.
Israel is usually well represented at Munich, with top defense and diplomatic officials attending the three-day meeting.
Germany and five other world powers are currently in the midst of negotiating implementation of a nuclear deal with Iran.
At the conclusion of the most recent session, held Monday, Iranian and Western negotiators reported that they were nearing an understanding on the details of implementing the landmark interim accord, which would curb Iranian nuclear work in exchange for an easing of sanctions.
Rouhani, considered by some to be a moderate, has overseen an upgrading in ties with a number of Western countries. Last month an article he wrote for a global syndicate — in which he claimed Iran was seeking to improve ties with the United States and the European Union — was published through the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
The West fears Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons under its rogue nuclear program. Iran says the program is for peaceful purposes like power generation and medical research.