TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi on Sunday categorically denied media reports on Tehran’s talks with European states on lifting visa requirements.

Earlier, media reports quoted a source at Iran’s Foreign Ministry as saying that 72 countries mainly in Asia, Africa and South America have accepted to lift visa requirements.

The reports added that talks are also underway with France, Germany and Italy to remove visa requirements for Iranians.

In reply, Qassemi called reports as “fake and invalid”, and underlined that “the fake report published by some media outlets, which quoted a fictional and unknown source at foreign ministry as saying that talks are underway with some countries, including a number of European countries, to remove visa requirements is invalid.”

He noted that Iran’s Foreign Ministry has always made efforts to boost the credibility and status of Iranian passports, adding that any agreement with other countries on the facilitation of consular affairs would be announced only through “official channels.”