Iran’s foreign minister canceled a visit with his Austrian counterpart to express dissatisfaction with the government of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz raising the Israeli flag in Vienna in solidarity, Austria’s foreign ministry said Saturday.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was scheduled to meet with Alexander Schallenberg but canceled the trip, a Schallenberg spokeswoman said, confirming the message published in Die Presse newspaper.
“We regret this and take note of this, but it is as clear to us as day that when Hamas fires more than 2,000 rockets at civilian targets in Israel, we will not be silent,” the spokeswoman said.
Hamas is the Islamist group that rules Gaza. Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza and Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel in the worst escalation of violence in recent years. read more
The dispute emerges during negotiations in Vienna to try to revive a 2015 agreement with Western powers, in which Iran agreed to limit its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. Former US President Donald Trump backed out of the deal in 2018, prompting Iran to start violating its terms. read more
Kurtz, firmly committed to Israel, called the hanging of the Israeli flag over the federal office on Friday a sign of solidarity in the face of violent clashes. But Abbas Arakchi, who heads the Iranian delegation to the Vienna talks, criticized the move.
“Vienna is the headquarters of the (nuclear watchdog) IAEA and the UN, and (Austria) has been a great place to negotiate so far,” Arakchi tweeted. “It is shocking and painful to see the flag of the occupation regime, which brutally killed dozens of innocent civilians, including many children, in just a few days over government offices in Vienna. We support Palestine. “
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