TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is on a tour of Europe, held meetings with Austrian and Slovakian government officials in Vienna and Bratislava.

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During his stay in Vienna in the first leg of the three-nation tour of Europe, Araqchi met with Secretary General of Austria’s Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) Michael Esterl on Tuesday.

In the gathering, the Austrian official called for closer economic ties between Vienna and Tehran.

For his part, Araqchi expressed hope that implementation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that the European Union has developed to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal would enable Iranian and Austrian businesses to enhance mutual cooperation.

The Iranian deputy minister left Austria later on Tuesday for Slovakia, where he met the Slovak economy minister and foreign minister deputies.

In the meetings in Bratislava, Araqchi and the Slovakian authorities discussed ways to expand economic and political ties between the two nations, as well as the latest regional and international developments.

They also stressed the need for the rapid implementation of the SPV, as the Slovakian officials voiced readiness to keep cooperation and consultations with Tehran.

The Iranian diplomat is planned to visit Bulgaria afterwards.

In May 2018, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).

Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord. The EU is working on the financial mechanism to maintain trade with Iran and avoid the US sanctions against Tehran.