|‘Expansion of Iran-Austria ties should not be prevented by EU unilateral sanctions’||
TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said that the European Union’s unilateral sanctions against Tehran should not be an impediment in Iran and Austria’s ties and prevent the two countries from expanding their economic relations.
He made the remarks during a meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Tehran on Monday.
Many countries are consulting to promote economic relations with Iran, Rouhani said as he called for expansion of Iran-Austria relations.
He went on to say that the two countries share views on Middle East and international issues, adding that both countries’ foreign ministers should hold talks to help resolve issues such as extremism and terrorism.
Commenting on the talks between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), he said that reaching a final deal will serve the interests of both sides, regional countries and the whole world at large.
Iran and the six major powers struck an interim deal in November. They have set a July 20 deadline to clinch a long-term deal that would lead to a gradual lifting of all nuclear-related sanctions. The deadline can be extended to six months.
Kurz, for his part, expressed satisfaction over his meetings with Iranian officials and evaluated the bilateral ties as positive.
He gave great importance to promotion of ties and cooperation.
The Austrian foreign minister arrived in Tehran on Saturday at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart.
During his two-day talks, he was scheduled to meet with Iranian officials to discuss Tehran-Vienna ties and exchange views on regional developments.
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