EX-FPÖ Defense Minister Herbert Scheibner: Shadow Diplomacy in Syria and Iran

PeopleOther ♦ Published: October 9, 2023; 22:46 ♦ (Vindobona)

In the summer of 2019, when Syria's President Bashar al-Assad was acting with extreme brutality against the rebels in Idlib, former FPÖ Defense Minister Herbert Scheibner went on a trip to Syria. He met high-ranking representatives of the Assad regime in Damascus and later visited the Iranian ambassador in Vienna. But what drove Scheibner to these meetings?

Despite sanctions, a former FP defense minister talks with high-ranking Assad regime members in Damascus and then pays a visit to the Iranian ambassador in Vienna. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Erich Schmid, CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)

During his tenure as defense minister in the first black-blue federal government (2000 to 2003), Scheibner became president of the "Austrian-Syrian Society." Scheibner is now an entrepreneur, think tank operator, and - as Profil found out - a…