Greek PM Tsipras begins “strategic cooperation” with Tehran

8 February 2016
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Greece can act as a conduit for establishing economic, trade and energy ties between Iran and the EU, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in Tehran on Sunday, the first day of a two-day visit to the country.

Tsipras outlined a framework of what he called “strategic cooperation” with Iran, during his visit to the Pardis Technology Park (PTP), where he noted that the two countries could collaborate in the areas of technology and innovation, energy, trade, culture and shipping.

Receiving the Greek Prime Minister, PTP President Mahdi Safarinia said that Tsipras was “the most independent leader in Europe” and explained that the PTP’s membership included 30 hi-tech companies employing more than 3,000 scientists.

Safarinia said the Greek premier’s visit could be the start of cooperation between the two countries in technology, noting that Iran currently ranked seventh in the world in the development of nanotechnology.

Safarinia invited Greek companies involved in research and technology to participate in a major innovation and technology exhibition taking place in Iran this coming May.

Tsipras replied by referring to the historic bonds between the two countries and noting that the Greek Government had made a choice to develop ties of a strategic nature with Iran.

He also highlighted that Greece had significant human resources in the technology sector.

“Our two countries are joined by the important bonds of two strong cultures but we can also be joined in the future through cooperation in a series of areas, such as new technologies,” he said.

Tsipras also noted that Greece has an independent foreign policy and, in spite of currently dealing with an economic crisis and the Syrian refugee crisis, was spreading its wings to cooperate with important countries in the region, such as Iran.

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