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Iran, Austria to cooperate in poverty campaign, family support

Vienna, June 10, IRNA-Iran and Austria are to cooperate in the campaign against poverty and enforcement of policies in support of families.

Under an agreement, signed by Iranian Minister of Welfare and cial Security Mohammad-Hossein Sharifzadegan and Austrian Minister for Social Security, Generations and Consumer Protection Ursula Haubner, Tehran and Vienna will also cooperate in helping the disabled join society, share experiences in family protection, including orphans and widows as well as the elderly, and providing the poor with necessary insurance.

The two sides will also cooperate at international level in social related subjects.

Prior to conclusion of the agreement, Sharifzadegan told Ms. Haubner that Tehran enjoys stronger ties with Vienna compared to other European states.

Sharifzadegan said Iran is keen on expanding ties with Austria in the economic and social fields, especially in the field of social security. He said social security in Iran dates back to 2,500 years ago and the country has adopted a modern version of social security system for the past 70 years. However, he added, Iran's social security system is undergoing drastic reforms.

Haubner said for her part that she will soon pay a visit to Iran to see for herself the social security conditions there. She said Austria has been benefiting from social security services for 150 years.

She added that 2,500,000 out of eight million citizens of Austria are now covered by social security services and the country is willing to share experiences in the field with Iran.

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