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Austrian FM due in Tehran to meet Iranian officials
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_NA2(26).jpgTEHRAN – Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz was scheduled to arrive in Tehran on Saturday night for a two-day visit. 
 
He is planned to hold meetings with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and other Iranian officials to discuss Tehran-Vienna ties and exchange views on regional developments.
 
Austrian President Heinz Fischer is also expected to make a trip to Iran at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in the near future.
 
Fischer’s office said on April 2 that the invitation had been accepted in principle but no date had been set, according to Reuters. 
 
Austria, a neutral European Union member, has been for centuries a bridgehead for Iran to Europe. Lately it has been hosting talks between Tehran and the major powers that seek to build on an interim deal reached last year in which Iran agreed to scale down parts of its nuclear program for six months in return for limited relief from sanctions.
 
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