Vienna, 29 October 2017 – “For many decades now, Austria and Iran have talked openly about bilateral, regional and international issues“, said Austrian Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Linhart following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran. 2018 marks a number of anniversaries in bilateral relations: the 160th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the 60th anniversary of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran and the 25th anniversary of the commencement of bilateral interreligious dialogue.
Extensive discussions were held on further strengthening the two countries’ manifold bilateral ties as well as economic relations – putting into action the Roadmap 2016–2020, signed in April 2016 by both countries’ Ministers of Economy – and the immense potential that Iran offers to Austrian businesses. Other important topics were the current situation in the region, migration, human rights and questions regarding interreligious dialogue.
The main point of discussion was the Iranian nuclear programme and the Vienna agreement reached in July 2015. From a European perspective, the US decision to pursue a new Iran strategy does not alter the continuing obligation of all parties to implement the nuclear deal in its entirety.
“The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) assumes a central role in global nuclear non-proliferation efforts and is of paramount importance for security in the region”, said Deputy Foreign Minister Linhart.