0146 GMT May 09, 2021
Alexander Schallenberg made the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA on Saturday.
He said Austria will certainly play its role in this regard by facilitating any talks if the sides wish to do so.
Commenting on relations between Austria and Iran, Schallenberg noted, “We can be proud of 160 years of stable and friendly diplomatic relations. It is our firm intention to continue this tradition."
On the importance of the JCPOA for Austria, the foreign minister said deal was negotiated in Vienna and endorsed by the UNSC.
“We feel a strong sense of ownership even if we are not a party to the deal.”
He said the agreement marks a high-point in the multilateral system and can be seen as proof of what can be achieved if all sides sit at one table and negotiate in good faith.
Schallenberg stressed that Austria remains committed to the JCPOA.
He added the two countries can expand their cooperation in humanitarian and medical fields as well as development of urban infrastructure.
“We have seen that COVID-19 affects everyone. It is in our joint interest to be prepared for the next pandemic or other humanitarian catastrophes. We would also like to strengthen our cultural cooperation. Both countries are rightly proud of their strong cultural heritage. Austria runs the only Western cultural institute in Iran.”