Heinz Fischer with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. File photo: Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer Austria’s President Heinz Fischer has said he expects growing trade with Iran, after meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran – but has faced criticism for his visit. He told a news conference that bilateral trade with Iran is expected to grow to €300 million by the end of this year, and that his country wants to boost trade with Iran as its nuclear deal with the West opened a “new chapter” in ties with other countries. Fischer is the first European head of state to visit Iran since 2004. Austria is a neutral country that has always maintained good relations with the Islamic republic. According to the Austrian Economic Chambers, Vienna is hoping for a five-fold increase in trade with Iran in the medium term to reach more than one billion euros. Meanwhile, Stop the Bomb, an organization that was founded in Austria in 2007 and that opposes the Iranian government, has slammed Fischer for travelling to Iran. In particular it criticised his planned meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Tuesday – a rare event for a visiting non-Muslim dignitary. Writing on… Read full this story
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