Greek Premier in Iran

Greek Premier in IranGreek Premier in Iran

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is in Iran on an official visit at the head of an economic delegation.

Arriving in the central city of Isfahan on Saturday evening as the first destination of his trip, Tsipras visited historical and cultural sites, Tasnim News Agency reported.

The Greek premier was welcomed upon arrival by Isfahan's Governor General Rasoul Zargarpour.

"Iran and Greece have historically had deep cultural ties and the cultures of these two countries, along with that of Egypt, are among the world's richest cultures," Tsipras said.

"Now, under the current circumstances, ties between Iran and Greece need to be strengthened more than ever."

On Sunday, the Greek premier departed for the Iranian capital to hold meetings with senior authorities and discuss ways of improving mutual relations and reviewing the latest regional and international developments.

Iran and Greece are set to sign agreements to boost cooperation in such sectors as trade, finance, tourism, cultural relations, housing and road construction, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Skourletis, Economy, Development and Tourism Minister Georgios Stathakis and Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Mardas as well as a 50-member team of industrialists and businessmen are accompanying the prime minister.