Iranian president’s visit to Austria postponed



A planned two-day visit to the Austrian capital, Vienna, by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been put off to a ‘more appropriate’ time.

President Rouhani’s trip to Austria has been postponed to an appropriate time to create better conditions for the visit and and the discussion of issues on which the two countries seek to reach agreements, IRNA reported on Tuesday.

The Iranian president was scheduled to embark on an official visit to Austria at the head of a high-ranking politico-economic delegation on Wednesday to hold talks with the country’s senior officials on ways of improving relations, particularly in the economic sector.

Rouhani’s Vienna visit was planned on an official invitation from Austrian President Heinz Fischer, during which the two countries were expected to finalize a roadmap for strengthening economic cooperation.

Iranian and Austrian officials were also expected to sign several documents and memoranda of understanding for cooperation in different fields in the presence of the two countries’ presidents.

The Austrian president paid a visit to Tehran in September 2015 at the head of a 240-member delegation with the purpose of discussing ways to improve Tehran-Vienna relations.

Fischer’s trip to Tehran came 11 years after the country’s former president, Thomas Klestil, traveled to Tehran.

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