Athens calls for expansion of economic ties with Tehran


 “Greece looks for development of economic, specially banking relations with Iran,” said the Greek Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis in his meeting with the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) Valiollah Seif in Athens on Thursday.

As IRNA reported, Dragasakis said that his country’s banks are eager to cooperate with their Iranian counterparts vowing that his administration will support Iranian companies’ investment in Greece and vice-versa.

Seif, in his turn, expressed the Iranian government’s readiness to boost economic and banking cooperation with the European country.

Underscoring the significant role of banking relations in consolidation of bilateral economic ties, the CBI governor expressed content that positive steps have been taken for expansion of banking relations with Europe, including Greece.

On September 23, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that Tehran welcomes expansion of relations with Athens in various spheres.

The two countries’ capacities have laid the grounds for deepening cooperation especially in economic area, Rouhani said.

Rouhani who met Tsipras on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York said a “new chapter” has been opened in Tehran-Athens ties. 

He highlighted the importance of strengthening banking relations between the two countries.