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Former Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has declined an invitation from the Iranian government to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, his aides said.

Hatoyama, who touched off a political stir in Japan following a controversial visit to Iran in April, cited Diet business in declining the invitation, officials at his office in Tokyo said Monday.

The summit is scheduled to take place Thursday and Friday.

News of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s invitation to Hatoyama emerged following a report on the Iranian parliamentary website that Iran’s Parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, had scheduled a meeting with the former Japanese leader Saturday.

Hatoyama, who was in office from September 2009 to June 2010, made a visit to Iran in April despite objections from the Foreign Ministry.

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