Greece and Iran strengthen diplomatic relations

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the first Iranian Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri on Monday agreed to further strengthen the diplomatic, economic and cultural ties of both countries.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias accompanied Alexis Tsipras on his trip to Iran and with  his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif signed several aggreeements, including:

1. A memorandum for political deliberations
2. An agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passports
3. A roadmap for the improvement of bilateral cooperation

The two delegations also discussed the prospects of a cooperation in the health sector, on culture and education, transport and construction.

Following the meeting in Tehran, Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani said:  “We do not view Greece as merely an EU member; Iran and Greece are two countries which have contributed a lot to human knowledge and global scientific developments through history”.

On the capabilities and opportunities of both countries, Rouhani also said: “Bilateral ties enable us to deepen ties in all areas, especially economic, cultural, and academic fields”.

Referring to the terrorism crisis in the world, President said: “Combatting terrorism needs a serious global resolve but unfortunately despite the extensive facilities, some western countries have not still shown seriousness and some other countries are using terrorists to advance their short-term goals”.
“We should convince the countries which are supporting terrorism that using terrorists is fruitless and wrong” added Rouhani. He also said: “All countries should unite in a universal attempt to cut off the ways by which terrorists are being financially supported and receive weaponry from”.

The Prime Minister of Greece also referred to his country’s determination to cement ties with Iran and said: “Greece is an EU member country, but have no doubt that it will cooperate with Iran beyond this framework. It is necessary that we establish economic cooperation between the two countries based on firm and sustainable grounds which is beneficial to both countries. Greek companies, supported by major European banks, are willing to cooperate with Iran in all areas, especially shipping, construction and services”.

On the scourge of terrorism, he added: “Cooperation and coordination of all countries for combatting terrorism is essential and Greece will stand by Tehran due to its top role in regional stability”. He also expressed his country’s willingness to establish direct flights between Tehran and Athens and develop tourism relations.

SOURCE: Athens News Agency-Macedonian Press Agency, Iranian President’s official wesite
PHOTO: Iranian President’s official wesite (Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani)