Tehran, Iran, November 29
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
Greece is pushing for direct flights between the country's capital Athens and Tehran, Iran.
The move was made by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias in a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, IRNA news agency reported November 29.
Kotzias, who is leading a delegation that includes the Greek minister of industry and deputy minister of foreign trade to Tehran, said more bilateral economic ties are to be discussed during a prospective visit by Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to Iran.
On the same day, Kotzias met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif where the sides said improving ties in banking, oil, industry, transportation and urban development are of highest priority for the two countries.
Kotzias in particular said there that with its long history of shipping and shipping industry, Greece can and is willing to become a business partner for Iran which is a powerful country in producing oil and other energy resources.
Rouhani, for his part, said that the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) will help take Iran-EU trade relations to the desirable point.
Greece's recent efforts to extend relations with Iran follow the prospect of Iran's freedom from international sanctions under the JCPOA. The deal is expected to go into effect by early 2016.