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Iran President urges bolstering Tehran-Vienna ties

Politics - President Hassan Rouhani in a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Wednesday said that the two countries intend to expand their trade, economic, scientific, cultural and tourism ties.

He expressed the hope that the two countries would be able to keep and develop their trade relations 2018 as they did in 2017 and this goal depends on efforts of both countries.

Pointing to a meeting between the private sectors of Iran and Austria in Vienna, Rouhani stressed that mutual cooperation between the private sectors should be expanded.

President Rouhani said Iran and Austria share common viewpoints on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and added that the JCPOA was the achievement for all world countries made after long talks and intensive efforts.

Everybody knows about positive and negative consequences of maintaining or killing the JCPOA, but Iranians choose their way based on their own interests and the government should act accordingly.

'We discussed regional issues such as Yemen crisis in today's meetings,' Rouhani said.

Iran is engaged on negotiation on Yemen with four European states currently and would like the Yemeni people to get rid of pressures exerted on them, Rouhani said.

A way to get rid of the pressures on the Yemeni people is to stop helping Saudi Arabia and convincing Riyadh that Yemen has no military solution and the crisis should be settled through Yemeni-Yemeni political talks, he said.

Iran's main goal in Syria was to demolish Daesh and in spite of wide support of the Zionist regime and the US for the terrorist group, Iran managed to defeat Daesh, Rouhani said, adding that Iran will stand by the Syrian people in the fight against other terrorist groups until they win the final victory.

Rouhani said a number of European countries have a historical debt to the Jews whereas the Jews are indebted to the Iranians.

He said that Iranians were saviors of Jews in Babylon and in the course of history the Iranian people have had very good and close relations with Jews.

The Zionists as occupiers and a cruel group are bombarding Gaza residents, interfering with Syrian domestic affairs, supporting Daesh terrorist group and playing a devastating role in the region, Rouhani said.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said in the press conference that bilateral relations in different sections are desirable and growing and added that Tehran and Vienna have had politico-economic and cultural relations for more than 160 years and today both countries are still trying to expand mutual cooperation.

Kurz expressed pleasure that Austria as a neutral country was hosting international talks such as Iran's nuclear negotiations which led to the conclusion of a deal in in 2015.

The chancellor said Austria and European Union are also committed to the JCPOA and expressed the hope that the upcoming meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran and five other countries party to the JCPOA would bear positive results.

Kurz expressed his deep concern about the living conditions of the Syrian people and said he hopes all countries of the region and world powers would play their role in settling Syrian crisis and putting an end to the sufferings of the Syrian nation.

He once again pointed to long history of relations between Iran and Austria and underlined that these ties could always remain good and friendly.

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