Greece a ‘bridge linking Iran’s energy, trading interests with EU’

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, currently on an official visit to Tehran, presented Greece’s framework of a strategy, as he put it, for collaboration with Iran during a speech delivered at the Pardis Technology Park (PTP). The Greek leader noted the two countries can join efforts in the fields of technology and innovation, energy, commerce, culture, and shipping.

Mahdi Safarinia, president of the technology park in Tehran, described Tsipras as Europe’s most independent leader. The official noted that over thirty high-tech enterprises are members of the PTP park, which, he added, employs over 3,000 researchers.

The Greek government is aiming to establish strategic ties with Iran, Tsipras noted, while assuring Iran that Greece will stand as a bridge linking Iran’s energy, economic and trading interests with the European Union.

The Greek prime minister has been joined by foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, his deputy Dimitris Mardas, economy minister Giorgos Stathakis, environment and energy minister Panos Skourletis, the Greek Foreign Ministry’s Secretary General for International Economic Relations, Giorgos Tsipras, a cousin of the Greek leader, as well as a delegation of Greek entrepreneurs on this official visit.

He is scheduled to meet Iranian political and state leaders during the day.