TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Austrian counterpart, Alexander Van der Bellen, exchanged views about a range of issues, including ways to boost bilateral relations between Tehran and Vienna in diverse fields.

In their meeting held in New York on Monday evening on the sidelines of the 72nd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, President Rouhani hailed the growing relations between Iran and Austria.

Tehran welcomes closer ties with European Union member states, including Austria, he said, expressing the hope that cooperation between the two countries would develop more than ever.

Rouhani also said there are numerous investment opportunities in Iran that Austria can tap in various sectors, including energy, road, railway, banking, insurance, tourism, and technology.

 The Austrian president, for his part, called for deeper ties between the Central European country and the Islamic Republic in all areas and said Vienna is willing to make direct investments in Iran.

The remarks come against the backdrop of a new wave of interest in ties with Iran after Tehran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany) on July 14, 2015 reached a conclusion over the text of a comprehensive 159-page deal on Tehran's nuclear program and started implementing it on January 16, 2016.

The comprehensive nuclear deal, known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), terminated all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran.