Tehran-Vienna Ties on Rise Since N. Deal

After signing the JCPOA. the Iran-Austria Joint Economic Commission was revived and the two countries signed a five-year agreement on economic relations road map. Mowlayee said today. in an interview with the Islamic Republic news agency.

The ambassador added that a cooperation working group has also been formed in different areas. such as energy. effective technologies and mine. infrastructure and transportation. trade. small- and medium-sized companies. environment. water resources management. tourism and academic cooperation.

During the past three years. some 30 cooperation documents have been signed between the two countries which pave the way for the promotion of economic bilateral cooperation in economic area. Mowlayee highlighted.

He said that apart from the state-owned economy. the private sector largely contributed to the expansion of economic. industrial and trade relations between the two countries during the mentioned time.

He expressed satisfaction in the volume of trade relations between Iran and Austria. and said that Iran-Austria trade amounted to over €725 million in 2018 which showed a 60% growth compared to the figures from the preceding year.

Hailing cultural and academic relations between the two countries. the ambassador said that Austria is one of the four main Iranian key European allies in academic areas.

Early in May. Austrian Ambassador to Iran Stefan Scholz underlined that his country stands in opposition to the US sanctions against Tehran. reiterating that his nation is seeking to expand ties and cooperation with the Islamic Republic.

The important point for us is that we all reject the US secondary sanctions and see them as unacceptable. Scholz said in a meeting with Iranian commercial officials in the Southern province of Fars on May 05.

He stressed that Vienna is endeavoring to pave the ground for the further expansion of relations with Iran. specially in economic fields.

What the world is witnessing now is the resistance of the great Iranian nation in different periods of time and they have been able to live through sanctions. Scholz said.

Scholz had also in December stressed that the European country would continue expansion of ties and cooperation with Iran despite the US sanctions.

Cooperation between Iran and Austria dates back to over 500 years ago and they have established official relations for over 100 years and of course. they have faced many ups and downs and we hope that these interactions will continue in future. Scholz said in Tehran.

He underlined the need for Iran to increase its soft power in West Asia. and said. `Iran and its partners intend to increase cooperation to further help those harmed in different natural disasters in the region.

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