Germany's Foreign Ministry said yesterday it had granted a visa for an Iranian vice-president, Mohammed Aliabadi, to attend the soccer World Cup, which starts later this week.
Aliabadi, 50, is one of seven vice-presidents and is the head of the state's physical education organization. Aliabadi is attending the World Cup independently to watch Iran play and is not representing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a spokesman for the organization in Teheran said.
Aliabadi is expected to arrive in Germany today, the spokesman said.
Ahmadinejad has indicated more than once that he may visit the national team during the World Cup, though no specific plans have been announced.
Ahmadinejad sparked outrage when he questioned the Holocaust and Israel's right to exist.
Russia gives details on offer
Russia's foreign minister said yesterday that the six-power proposal on Iran's nuclear programme envisages Teheran suspending its uranium enrichment activities while the offer is being considered.
Sergei Lavrov added that Iran may give its response to the offer by the end of June, RIA news agency reported.
Under the offer, there would also be no UN Security Council discussion of a resolution on Iran while talks on the proposal were going on, RIA quoted Lavrov as saying. He added Russia would only consider sanctions on Iran if the country was in breach of the non-proliferation treaty.
Source: China Daily