TEHRAN, Aug. 05 (Press Shia Agency) – In a Friday meeting in Tehran, Iran’s foreign minister and a top Austrian parliamentarian conferred on issues of mutual interest.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Karlheinz Kopf, the second president of the Austrian National Council, discussed bilateral, regional and international issues.

The two sides highlighted the necessity of continued consultations and meetings between high-ranking officials of both countries.

They also stressed the need to fight terrorist and extremist groups and enhance economic cooperation, particularly in the area of small and medium-sized industries.

Iran’s foreign minister underscored closer mutual cooperation, especially in the banking sector.

Zarif then highlighted the status of the European Union, and called on the EU to play a more efficient role in regional and international issues.

The Austrian official, in turn, hailed Iran’s ‘stable’ situation, and stressed that investment in Iran is safe.