Iran, Austria hold political talks in Tehran
Senior diplomats from Iran and Austria held the fifth round of political negotiations between the two countries in Tehran on Saturday.
According to Tasnim news agency, the meeting was chaired by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri and Secretary General of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Peter Launsky.
In the gathering, Baqeri referred to the long history of relations between Tehran and Vienna, describing it as a valuable asset for bilateral ties.
He also pointed to some regional issues and the latest developments in Yemen and Afghanistan, as well as Iran’s efforts to help reduce the problems in those countries, saying the Yemeni people have been under the most severe military attacks for five years and, from a humanitarian point of view, European countries are expected to take serious action to put an end to the ongoing catastrophes in the Arab country.
Elsewhere, he underlined Tehran’s compliance with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Baqeri added that Europe did not withdraw from the agreement after the withdrawal of the United States, but did not take effective and practical action within the framework of its commitments under the JCPOA either.
For his part, Launsky underscored the antiquity of the Iran-Austria relations, noting that mutual respect and understanding have institutionalized the will of the two nations to cooperate with each other, the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s website reported.
He also pointed to the significant potential in economic relations between Iran and Austria and underlined the willingness of Austrian companies to be present in the Iranian market.
The Austrian diplomat then turned to the situation in Afghanistan, emphasizing that Austria understands Iran’s concerns and appreciates it for hosting Afghan refugees.
Regarding Yemen, he said Austria is trying to alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people as much as possible by providing them with humanitarian aid.