Athens, Jan 15, IRNA - Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister in Europe Affairs Ali Baqeri and Deputy Greek Foreign Minister in Economic Affairs Petros Doukas met in Athens on Monday and agreed on need for establishing Iran-Greek Joint Economic Commission.
The Iranian Deputy FM during the meeting referred to the two countries' glorious ancient civilizations, as well as both governments' positive viewpoints about one another, as precious capitals inherited from the ancestors of the two nations.
Baqeri added, "One of the proper grounds for taking better advantage of this capital is improving the level of ties and facilitating the entire potentials at the service of expanding ties, particularly in such fields as shipping, transportation, industries, agriculture, and joint investments."
The Iranian deputy FM also elaborated on Iran's privatization movement based on Constitutional Article 44, considering it an appropriate occasion for boosting Greek's state and private sectors' investments in our country.
He added, "The Iranian Parliament has approved of laws, some of which permit 100% investment of foreign firms in certain fields, urging the government to ensure the security of foreign investments, even against natural disasters."
Baqeri emphasized, "One of the ways for expanding the level of cooperation and boosting interactions among the two countries' state and private sectors is holding the next session of the two countries' Joint Economic Commission."
Our country's Deputy Foreign Minister in Europe Affairs pointed out that the next session of the two countries' Joint Economic Commission has to be convened in Athens, in accordance with reached agreements, announcing the Iranian private, state and cooperative sector firms' readiness for attending the meeting.
He meanwhile asked the Greek side to propose and announce a date for the event.
Baqeri also referred to a new decision made by the Iranian cabinet for diversifying our country's trade partners, considering it a good opportunity for the European trade partners, particularly the Greek private sector firms, to strengthen their foothold in Iranian markets.
He also announced the Iranian Foreign Ministry's readiness to provide the entire required facilities to boost foreign investments in Iran.
During this meeting the Greek Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs, too, referred to the long and glorious cultural record of the Iranian nation, our ancient civilization, and the constructive interactions of the two nations, adding, "The Greek nation and Government feel very amicable towards the great Iranian nation." He expressed dissatisfaction over the current level of the two countries' economic ties, announcing Greek's tendency for improving the extent of bilateral cooperation and interactions, adding, "There are today great potentials and capacities in both countries for strengthening and expanding ties."
Doukas elsewhere in his remarks pointed out that Athens believes that Tehran can play a very decisive role in both regional and international developments, announcing his country's readiness to play a more active role in boosting Iran's ties with the EU.
The Greek Deputy FM announced his country's interest in cooperation with Iran in various economic fields, particularly in transportation, energy, shipping, metals, renewable energies, and investments in oil, gas, and refinery projects.
He added, "The Greek Parliament has almost finished work approving of Greek Government's support for joint investments with Iran in shipping, announcing Greek's readiness for hosting an Iranian delegation to take part at the two countries' next Joint Economic Commission in Athens.
Doukas also accepted his Iranian counterpart's invitation to visit our country in near future.
A number of Greek merchants and heads of private sector firms were present at the meeting and elaborated on their firms' potentials and readiness for boosting economic ties with Iran.
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