Van der Bellen defends congratulations to Iranian hardliners

The Federal President hopes that the new Iranian President Raisi, who has issued thousands of death sentences, will approve the nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen justified his congratulations to the new Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, who as a high judge had passed countless death sentences against opponents of the regime since 1980. “We have to be able to talk to foreign heads of state – especially with Iran,” said Van der Bellen in Brussels after meeting the heads of the European Commission and the European Council when asked by the “press”. Austria has a great interest in re-enacting the agreement on the Iranian nuclear weapons program, which will be negotiated again in Vienna after the election of US President Donald Trump.

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