New York, 19 September 2017 Press release

Austrian Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, at the UN General Assembly in New York

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in talk with Henry Kissinger. New York. 19 September 2017

On Monday, Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz travelled to New York with Federal President, Alexander Van der Bellen, to represent Austria at the 72nd UN General Assembly. Under the leadership of Portuguese Secretary-General, António Guterres and the President of the UN General Assembly, Miroslav Lajčák, representatives from 193 countries discussed current global issues. Important topics of discussion were immigration, security and disarmament. 

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in talk with President of France, Emmanuel Macron, in New York. 19 September 2017

Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz met with a host of international leaders within the framework of the General Assembly. During a meeting with Iranian president, Hassan Rohani, the Vienna Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) as well as bilateral relations between Austria and Iran were discussed, among other topics. While meeting the French president Emmanuel Macron, Sebastian Kurz stressed that international challenges could only be overcome if all European partners work together. Sebastian Kurz also exchanged views with former US foreign minister, Henry Kissinger.  

Bundesminister Sebastian Kurz und Bundespräsident Alexander Van der Bellen im Gespräch mit iranischem Staatspräsidenten Hassan Rohani. New York, 19. September 2017.

This is the 72nd UN General Assembly, which has taken place every year since 1946. One of its highlights this year was the signing ceremony of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Federal Minister Sebastian Kurz has supported this treaty from the very start, as it will make a significant contribution to nuclear disarmament. In his speech before the General Assembly, Sebastian Kurz described the treaty as a historical success.  

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