Austria and Switzerland see their national interests in maintaining their relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, said the vice president of Iran’s House of Industry, Mine and Trade.
These two countries are independent and democratic states and, thus, will not acquiesce to adopting US President Donald Trump’s imposed policies, Hassan Hosseini told IRNA on Monday on the occasion of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s trip to Europe.
He said the Austrian and Swiss governments approve of Iran’s regional policies, adding their stronger relationship with Iran has a large number of economic benefits for them.
Such a mindset requires them to acknowledge Iran’s significant role within the international community, Hosseini noted.
He assured that, therefore, they will never sacrifice their national interests for the sake of pursuing US-imposed policies.
Heading a political and economic delegation, Rouhani left Tehran for Europe on Monday to visit Switzerland and Austria at the invitation of his Swiss and Austrian counterparts.
Hosseini said fostering relations with Iran helps promote the national interests of most countries, as having strong and close ties with the Islamic Republic leads to a win-win situation for all sides.
“Foreign visits by the heads of the three branches of the Iranian government help promote interactions between the Islamic Republic and other countries. Iran needs such interactions very much.”
The large number of trips by Rouhani to other countries following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) indicates that Trump’s unilateral move to pull out of the deal has failed to isolate Iran, he said.
Compared to other states, Austria and Switzerland displayed a more logical behavior toward Iran during the time of sanctions and following their removal. Hosseini noted.
He said Austria has had a favorable cooperation and interaction with Iran in the field of economy, adding that a large number of Austrian companies are currently present in Iran’s market and economy.
“Trade between Iran and Austria stands at a satisfactory level.”