Austria Wants Wide-Ranging Ties

Austria Wants Wide-Ranging TiesAustria Wants Wide-Ranging Ties

The director-general for political affairs at the Austrian Foreign Ministry said his country is looking forward to developing wide-ranging ties with the Islamic Republic.

Jan Kickert, who was on an official visit to Tehran, made the statement in a meeting with Deputy Chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hossein Sobhaninia on Monday, ICANA reported.  

The Austrian official expressed Vienna's pleasure with hosting the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the major powers known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), which led to a landmark nuclear deal in the Austrian capital last month.  

Commenting on the ways to enhance bilateral relations, Kickert said, "Exchange of political and parliamentary delegations between the two countries can significantly contribute to expansion of bilateral relations and collaboration."

He also highlighted the "significant" and "undeniable" role of the Iranian Parliament in helping develop relations with the European Union.  

The Iranian lawmaker referred to the good relations between Tehran and Vienna in the past and called for greater relations, especially between the two sides' parliaments.

"Parliamentary relations play a significant role in helping promote mutual collaboration," he noted, saying that the Majlis will lend its support to every effort aimed at facilitating interaction with European allies.

Appreciating Austria for hosting the long and important nuclear negotiations with the P5+1, Sobhaninia said the new situation that has emerged after the nuclear deal has paved the way for improved relations with Europe.

Sobhaninia hoped exchange of parliamentary and friendship groups between the two countries would increase with a view to fostering political, economic and cultural bonds between the two sides.