Iran and Greece Bolstering Economic and Trade Partnership: A Chronology

Iran and Greece Bolstering Economic and Trade Partnership: A Chronology


Peter Tase
Expert on Latin American, European and Paraguayan Studies

The diplomatic relations between Greece and Iran, are at excellent levels.  Both countries have established respective embassies in Athens and Tehran.

As a member of the European Union, the Greek government has actively supported an engaging dialogue with Iran in the areas of human rights, regional problems and fostering trade and cultural ties with Tehran.

Athens supports the right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes alone, without bargaining its long-established position against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and supports the creation of a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

In his November 3rd (2013) meeting in Tehran with Mr. Takht-e Ravanchi, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister; Mr. Parasekeh Dimitrius Violus, Director General of Political Affairs at the Greek foreign ministry, stated that: “Greece as a country with age-old relations with Iran is willing to enhance ties with Iran.” Both diplomats discussed how to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, parliamentary and cultural partnership.

According to Mr. Ravanchi: “Iran as one of the suppliers of energy to Europe, especially in the area of oil and gas [supply], is ready to expand ties with Greece.”

During the last five years, high level official visits to Tehran as well as strengthening the economic cooperation with Iran have always been the cornerstone of the Greek Foreign Policy.

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