Tehran, Athens underscore developing cooperation

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Promotion of Iran-Greece economic cooperation was discussed in a meeting on Tuesday by visiting Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran Majid Takht-Ravanchi and Greek Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism Giorgos Stathakis.

Takht-Ravanchi is currently in Athens for an official visit upon an invitation by Stathakis.

Addressing a meeting of the Greek men of industry and businessmen, he referred to Iran’s satisfying progress in achieving modern industries and technology noting that the grounds are prepared now for boosting economic ties with Tehran.

Recalling a visit to Iran by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on February 7, 2016, Takht-Ravanchi said it was ‘a turning point’ in expanding bilateral relations between the two countries.

He added bilateral economic relations can be developed in various fields including Tehran-Athens cooperation in energy, modern technology, shipbuilding, tourism and pharmaceutical activities.

Takht-Ravanchi said promoting banking relations between the two capitals could facilitate bilateral cooperation between Iran and Greece.

He added that he is to discuss promotion of bilateral banking relations with Greek high-ranking officials in a meeting to be held on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Greek official referred to Iran as a large and safe market for investment.

He added that promotion of economic relations between Iran and Greece would benefit both sides.

Stathakis further said that the mass turnout of representatives of Greek firms, industries and merchants in the 5th International Innovation and Technology Exhibition (INOTEX 2016) which was held on May 22 in Tehran indicated Greek industries and merchants’ interest in expanding bilateral ties with Iran.

Takht-Ravanchi is scheduled to visit Greek energy minister, deputy head of The Hellenic Parliament which is the parliament of Greece, and the Governor of the Bank of Greece on Thursday.

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