BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:30 P.M.) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hosted the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for bilateral talks in Vienna on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference shortly after their meeting, Kurz said Austria was happy to host the Iran nuclear deal talks, and announced that there would be a new summit on the matter in the following days, with a specific focus on the new stance of the United States.
Rouhani emphasised that the countries involved in the deal, have to do everything they can to maintain the agreement.
SOT, Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor (German): “Today we also had the opportunity, during our meeting, to discuss the case of the Iranian diplomat, also published in the media over the last days. We expect full clarification and I would like to thank you, Mr. President, that you have assured us of support on this clarification.”
SOT, Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Chancellor (German): “We are happy to have had the opportunity to host the Iran nuclear negotiations and that a result was reached here in 2015 in Vienna. The European Union still supports the 2015 agreement, the Iran nuclear deal, and there will also be talks held here in Vienna in the next days, to speak about how we will deal with this now, with regard to the new position of the US, which has changed.”
SOT, Hassan Rouhani, Iranian President (Farsi): “Today we both believe that we must do everything we can to maintain this agreement. We are both thinking that what the Americans did was against international regulations. And, of course, the Americans themselves will be harmed. Leaving this agreement would not help anyone. Even the smaller countries that support the US in this matter are making a mistake. So, we have the same view on trade agreements. We made our position very clear. We will not leave [the agreement], on the condition that we can benefit from it.”
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