U.S. embassies are allowed to invite Iranian officials to their July Fourth celebrations for the first time in 30 years in a sign of Washington's effort to reach out to Tehran, the State Department said on Tuesday.
However, the United States has not removed its blanket ban on its diplomats having substantive conversations with Iranian officials without prior authorization, it added, suggesting any such contacts will be limited to small talk for now.
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U.S. diplomats are only allowed to exchange pleasantries if they find themselves face to face with an Iranian official at a reception. But they are not permitted to answer if asked a question of substance.
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