Austrian President in Iran’s Isfahan for Visit
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Austria’s President Heinz Fischer, who is visiting Iran on an official visit, arrived in the central Iranian city of Isfahan on Wednesday.
The European country’s president, whose airplane landed at Isfahan’s Shahid Beheshti International Airport, was welcomed by local authorities upon his arrival.
Fischer’s trip to Isfahan is announced to be aimed at visiting the city’s historical places and monuments.
Heading a high-ranking delegation of Austria’s economic, scientific and cultural officials, President Fischer arrived in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Monday afternoon for an official three-day visit.
During his stay in Tehran, he held several meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials including Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, and Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani.
Fischer’s visit comes against a backdrop of global enthusiasm for closer ties with Iran after finalization of the text of a lasting nuclear deal between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) in Vienna, Austria.
The Austrian president, whose country played host to several rounds of marathon nuclear negotiations between Iran and the six powers, had earlier expressed the confidence that the visit would bring the Iranian and Austrian nations closer together.
He is the first head of a western state visiting Iran for many years.