Iran president delays Austria visit on security reasons

Vienna—Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has postponed for security reasons a planned visit to Austria this week, only his second to Europe since last year’s nuclear deal, Austria’s presidency said Wednesday.
“The visit for March 30-31 by President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation has been postponed by the Iranian side for security reasons,” it said in a statement, without giving further details.
Rouhani had been due to meet Austrian President Heinz Fischer on Wednesday in Vienna and Chancellor Werner Faymann the following day as well as attend an Austro-Iranian economic forum.
He visited Rome and Paris in January. The 2013 election of Rouhani, a relative moderate, led to something of a rapprochement with the West which in turn helped Iran and major powers reach the mammoth nuclear deal in Vienna last July.—AFP

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