Tehran, Athens seeking broader banking ties
Tehran, Iran, Oct. 1
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Central Bank of Iran (CBI) President Valiollah Seif on September 29 traveled to Greece to seek broader banking relations with Athens.
“Our ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran are very important from a strategic perspective and we want to develop and expand our links with Tehran,” Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said in a meeting with visiting Seif, CBI reported September 30.
The Greek deputy prime minister hailed the improvement in bilateral relations, underlining meetings among high-ranking officials from both countries during the past few months.
“Greece is willing to strengthen its economic ties with Iran. Our banks and the Bank of Greece –the country’s central bank– are eager to continue their mutual work with Iran,” Dragasakis stated.
Seif, for his part, pointed out that the incumbent Iranian government has been trying to improve friendly ties with Greece.
Heading an economic delegation consisting of more than 50 officials, industrialists and business leaders, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras paid an official visit to Iran in February, meeting Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani.
The two sides then agreed to strengthen cooperation in diverse sectors, namely energy, technology, commerce, tourism and construction, with Tsipras noting that Greece would become an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and the European Union.