0656 GMT October 21, 2019
He made the statement while addressing the news conference of Sustainable Ecotourism Symposium.
Referring to the similarities between Iran and Austria in terms of tourism, he said the two countries can have active cooperation in this sector without being worried about US sanctions, Mehr News Agency reported.
He stated that a group of officials from Austria and five EU countries have visited some of Iran’s ecotourism sites to become familiar with the Iranian culture in various parts of the country.
Rieger is also president of the European Union National Institutes for Culture and the head of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Tehran.
On July 31, 2018, and on the occasion of the Damavand Anniversary Project 2018, 100 Austrian and Iranian mountaineers together with a group of European ambassadors jointly ascended Mount Damavand. The two-day event marked the 175th anniversary of the first Austrian ascent of Mount Damavand by the botanist and scholar Theodor Kotschy in 1843.
The event sent a strong signal that Europe and Iran are making good on their promises to engage in an ever-increasing number of sectors and areas, Stefan Scholz, the Austrian ambassador to Tehran said at the time.
“Iran is more than a country, it’s a civilization in its own right and one of the most ecologically diverse places in the world,” the Austrian ambassador had said.
“Austria stands ready to partner in further developing Iran’s great tourism potentials in a sustainable way, protecting natural resources and supporting the life and culture of mountain populations. This new sector partnership is part of Austria’s bilateral contribution to preserving and maintaining the JCPOA by bringing concrete and measurable economic benefits to the Iranian people,” he added.