The primary task of Austria’s foreign policy is to maintain Austria’s relation with all countries in the world and to represent its interests in all international and regional organizations where Austria is a member. Since 1995 Austria’s participation in the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU has a particular role. Austria actively takes part in the development of common positions, actions and strategies, as well as the formulation of statements, demarches and conclusions. Austria’s membership in the EU also plays a pivotal role in deepening our relations with many non-European states, e.g. in Africa, Latin-America and Asia. Austria’s foreign policy, among others, particularly covers
Further focal areas are the engagement for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the strengthening of the corresponding organizations, the ban of land mines and cluster ammunition, the control of small- and light weapons, the fight against international terrorism and the Dialogue of Civilizations.