Greek Firms Willing to Strike Partnership

Greek Firms Willing to Strike PartnershipGreek Firms Willing to Strike Partnership

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Greek companies, backed by major European banks, are willing to make investment in Iran and form partnership with Iranian firms.

In a meeting with President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Monday, Tsipras said a solid foundation should be laid for economic cooperation, in line with the interests of the two countries, especially in the fields of shipping, construction and services.

"Greece is determined to develop wide-ranging ties with Iran," he said, adding that although the country is a member of the European Union, it will act independently to develop relations with Iran, IRNA reported.

Tsipras touched upon the refugee crisis in Europe and named terrorism as the underlying cause of a big problem in decades, which has forced millions to flee from their homes and seek shelter in Europe.

"Cooperation and coordination among all countries to block the path of supporting terrorists with financial resources and arms is a must to restore peace in the region and decrease the number of refugees," he said, adding that to reach this end, Greece supports Iran as an effective country promoting regional stability.

President Rouhani said the capacities of the two countries would allow them to boost economic, cultural and scientific cooperation.

The president said fighting terrorism needs a strong will in the global community, but some western states are not serious about taking measures against terrorists and some others are even exploiting this to advance their short-term interests.

Rouhani stressed Iran's readiness to engage in greater cooperation with European countries in this regard.

"We should convince supporters of terrorists that using terror groups as a tool bears no fruit and would ultimately damage their interests too," he said.

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

In a separate meeting, Tsipras and First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri on Monday confirmed their intention to upgrade cooperation between the two countries. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias, a member of the delegation, had earlier signed a series of agreements aimed at upgrading the two countries' diplomatic relations with his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

These agreements include a memorandum for political deliberations, an agreement on visa exemption for diplomatic passports and a roadmap for the improvement of bilateral cooperation.