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In a meeting with the Greek FM;

President: Tehran-Athens ties should be further encouraged

Referring to the capacities that Iran and Greece have for expanding ties, President Rouhani said: “By benefiting from these capabilities, Tehran-Athens ties should be further encouraged in all areas of interest”.

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In this meeting with the Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias which was held on Sunday in Tehran, President Rouhani added: “In the Iranian public opinion, the name of Greece is synonymous with philosophy and an ancient civilisation in the west and Greece has always been specially respected”.

Speaking about the cultural and historical commonalities between both countries as two history-making civilisations, Dr Rouhani continued: “These commonalities have provided a favourable groundwork for boosting ties in areas such as academic and scientific areas, as well as advanced technology, tourism, and economy”.

He described Tehran-Athens ties as being amicable, close, and replete with respect and said: “After the implementation of JCPOA and the lift of unjust sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, the ties between the two countries should further expand”.

On the negative effects of the unjust sanctions on the level of common and international cooperation, President Rouhani said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran is determined to implement JCPOA, provided that the G5+1 and the IAEA fulfil their commitments in the nuclear deal. This can bring the economic cooperation between Tehran and the EU to a favourable level”.

I this meeting, Kotzias described the cultural commonalities and long-time friendship between the two nations and governments as extensive and deep and said: “Extensive ties with Iran in political, economic, cultural, and social areas is very important for us and, with regard to having an ancient civilisation and entrenched culture, the two countries enjoy good cooperation”.

Stating that Greece has got an extensive plan to cooperate with the Islamic Republic of Iran in areas and issues of interest, Kotzias said: “I will present these plans with the help of my accompanying economic team”.

He also talked about the Greek Prime Minister’s plans to visit Iran and said that groundwork is being laid for establishing direct flights between the two countries.

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