Greek, Iranian foreign ministers to discuss mutual ties

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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 15

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Greek Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos will meet with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on March 15 to talk on the expansion of bilateral ties, Iranian ISNA news agency reported.

A high-ranking politico-economic delegation led by Venizelos arrived in the Iran`s central city of Isfahan on March 14.

He is also scheduled to meet with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and parliament speaker Ali Larijani in Tehran on March 15.

Venizelos will hold talks with Chairman of Iran's Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani as well as Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on March 16.

It should be recalled that Iranian foreign mister also is scheduled to meet with his Belarusian and Tajik counterparts on March 16.

Earlier in October, the Greek Ambassador to Iran, Nikolas Garilidis said the prospects of his country's cooperation with Iran in the oil sector are bright, according to the Iran's Fars news agency.

Garilidis said his country is not importing any oil from Iran at present, "but we are very hopeful about the future".

Touching upon to sanctions, the ambassador said that relations will not remain the same forever because Iran is a major player in oil and gas scene.

On January 23, Venizelos praised the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1(five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the US - plus Germany), terming the implementation of the agreement by both sides as a positive and promising measure, which, he said, Athens welcomes.

Under the Iran-P5+1 interim nuclear agreement which took effect on Jan 20, the six major powers agreed to give Iran access to its $4.2 billion in revenues blocked overseas if the country fulfils the deal's terms which offer sanctions relief in exchange for steps on curbing the Iranian nuclear program.

The two sides intend to continue their talks to reach a final agreement to fully resolve the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic's nuclear energy program.

The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies. The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.

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