Iran relayed to Japan on Tuesday its wish for President Hassan Rouhani to visit the country, a source close to bilateral relations has said.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister for political affairs, serving as a special envoy of the president, relayed the message to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a two-day visit to Tokyo from Monday, according to the source.

Iran is seen as hoping to realize such a visit at an early date, while Japan is expected to examine the proposal carefully.