Austria Underlines Coop. at Int’l Level

Austria Underlines Coop. at Int’l Level Austria Underlines Coop. at Int’l Level

The Austrian foreign minister described as "significant" and "constructive" the cooperation between Tehran and Vienna at international level, especially to help realize nuclear disarmament, which is the main objective of the ongoing conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) at the UN Headquarters in New York.

Sebastian Kurz made the remarks on Tuesday in a meeting with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the 2015 NPT Review Conference, IRNA reported.

He also welcomed the progress made in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) toward a final settlement of the long drawn-out dispute over Tehran's nuclear work.

"EU member states are sufficiently motivated to reach a final nuclear deal and are taking serious steps to achieve this aim," he noted.

Referring to the existing capacities for promoting bilateral ties, he announced that a delegation of Austrian industry and business leaders, who are keen to negotiate with Iranian counterparts, are scheduled to visit Tehran in the near future.

In addition, Kurz underscored the importance of parliamentary relations, as a "means to help enhance bilateral ties in all areas."

Zarif, for his part, said the West needs to bear in mind that "reaching a comprehensive and sustainable final accord has certain prerequisites that need to be seriously addressed, both in the stances adopted (by the two sides) and in practice."

Underlining the significance of nuclear disarmament to all countries, especially Non-Aligned Movement member states, Zarif expressed readiness on behalf of the Islamic Republic to cooperate with Austria on the issue.

Pointing to the varied fields of mutual interest, the senior Iranian diplomat said it is necessary for the two sides to increase consultations and exchange of delegations at various levels.