As said many times before (since at least 2013) during the Greek financial crisis, which is still ongoing, do not count them out. They are too important economically for Europe and the EU. They have the ability to become an energy hub and gateway for exchanges between oil exporting countries and Europe. Lo and behold, it’s now taking root in 2016. We’re almost there.
Greece and Iran pledged on Monday (8 February) to strengthen the political and economic cooperation between their two countries in a series of meetings where Iran’s geopolitical importance was emphasised.
During a two-day visit to Ispahan and Tehran with business leaders, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras said Greece wanted to become “an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and European Union”. He was the first EU leader to go to Iran since the lifting of UN sanctions last month.
A few days before the visit, Hellenic Petroleum and the National Iranian Oil Company agreed on the first oil deal for Iran since the sanctions were lifted. In Tehran, the Iranian oil minister said Iran planned to sell 300,000 barrels per day to Europeans.
Iran held discussions with the Greek delegation on more cooperation in fields such as the financial sector, medicine and health, culture and education, infrastructure, transport and the construction industry.
The two countries signed a memorandum for political deliberations and a roadmap for the improvement of bilateral cooperation.
“This visit can be a good start for increasing exchanges and long-term cooperation between the two countries,” Iranian leader Ali Khamenei said in a meeting with Tsipras, praising Greece for its “independent policy and line”.
Full article: Greek PM strenghtens ties with Iran (EU Observer)