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New Iran FM says he’s been invited to Paris

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center left, receives Iran's new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, left, in Damascus, Syria, August 29, 2021. (SANA via AP)
In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syria's Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, center left, receives Iran's new Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, left, in Damascus, Syria, August 29, 2021. (SANA via AP)

Iran’s new foreign minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has said French President Emmanuel Macron has invited him to Paris, state TV reports.

There is no immediate comment from the Elysee Palace.

Amir-Abdollahian attended a summit in Baghdad on Saturday alongside regional leaders and Macron, the only leader from outside the region.

“The French were very interested to use the opportunity (of the Iraq summit) to get close to Iran,” the minister is quoted as saying by state TV’s website in a late-night report.

“Mr. Macron … came to me twice and stressed that ‘we are very interested for you to travel to Paris,'” he says.

“He called his foreign minister over and said: ‘I have invited (Amir-Abdollahian) … and we should review bilateral ties and find solutions to maintain talks.'”

Iran and France, alongside Britain, China and Germany, are the remaining parties to the troubled 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

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