Iraq denies inviting Assad to Baghdad regional summit
The foreign ministry issued the denial in a statement carried by state media, referring to a regional summit it had organised.
"Some media outlets have circulated that the Iraqi government submitted an invitation to the Syrian government to participate in the summit meeting of neighboring countries," it read.
The statement came hours after the leader of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), an Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary coalition, met with Assad in Damascus.
Citing unnamed sources, Iraqi media reported that PMF leader Falih Al-Fayyadh handed Assad an invitation to the summit.
The Iraqi foreign ministry said in its statement that "official invitations are sent by an official letter" and that "no other party has the right to give the invitation on behalf of the Iraqi government".
The summit will address security issues, as well as political and economic stability.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has also been invited. French President Emmanuel Macron said he would be attending.
Iraqi officials flew to Qatar and the UAE on Sunday to invite their leaders to the summit.