New Austrian Ambassador in Tehran
Dear Business Partners and Friends of ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA!
Having arrived only recently in Tehran it is an honour to introduce myself as Austrian Ambassador to Iran. I have served in various diplomatic functions in Asia and Europa, from 2010 until 2015 as Austrian Ambassador to Ukraine and in 2017 as the OSCE Special Representative for the Transdniestrian Conflict Settlement Process. Most recently I was Head of Management of Global Real Estate and Infrastructure at the Austrian Foreign Ministry.
Our bilateral relations have seen numerous high level interactions since President Raisi assumed his office and the new Iranian Government has been confirmed by the Parliament. Our Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers have conversed already several times and Austrian Foreign Ministry Secretary General Peter Launsky has visited Teheran on October 16 to hold comprehensive consultations with FM Amir Abdollahian and other senior interlocutors, covering bilateral and multilateral matters and, of course, nuclear non-proliferation issues. Vienna will soon host the next round of negotiations of the JCPOA with a view to having the conditions in place to see US sanctions removed and facilitating commercial exchanges and re-establishing direct financial interactions in the near future.
Bilaterally, the Austrian Government has donated 1 Mio. doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Iran in September, supporting the vaccination campaign at a critical moment. While the overall situation has improved we are still not back to normal routines after the onslaught of the pandemic. We hope to see further progress, with more and more people being vaccinated in both our countries.
I would like to thank you for your interest in Austrian-Iranian relations and can assure you that my team at the Austrian Embassy in Tehran and I are looking forward to working closely with the business community in both our countries.
Wolf Dietrich Heim