Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 8
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iranian and Greek officials signed three memorandums of understanding (MOUs) on the sidelines of a meeting between visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Iran's First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri in Tehran Feb. 8, Iran's state IRINN TV reported.
The documents, including a roadmap for boosting ties between Tehran and Athens, envisage diplomatic and political cooperation.
During a joint press conference with Jahangiri on Feb. 8, Tsipras underlined that Iran and Greece should boost strategic cooperation in various fields.
He further said that Athens' cooperation with Tehran has strategic importance, adding Iran and Greece enjoy historical ties.
"Greece can serve as a bridge connecting the Islamic Republic to the EU," Tsipras underlined.
"Iranian and Greek nations complement each other," he said, remarking that Greek delegates are negotiating cooperation in various fields with Iranian counterparts.
Tsipras also said the two parties discussed the latest developments in Iraq and Syria, adding Iran can help restore stability in the entire region.
Tsipras, leading a high-ranking political and economic delegation, first arrived in Iran's Isfahan from Athens on Feb. 6 and toured the historical and cultural places in the city.
Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, Minister of Environment and Energy Panagiotis Skourletis, Minister of Economy, Development and Tourism Georgios Stathakis and Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas, as well as a 50-member team of industrialists and businessmen are accompanying the prime minister.
The Greek delegation, upon its arrival in Tehran on Feb. 7, was met by Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi at the Mehrabad international airport.
Tsipras is scheduled to confer with senior Iranian officials on ways to develop mutual relations and economic cooperation, as well as discuss regional and international developments.