Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Zavad Zarif met yesterday (28.5) in Athens and vowed to boost bilateral ties and trade relations, in technology, tourism, agriculture, with a key focus on energy and transport, and made joint statements following their talks.

Discussing the energy sector, Kotzias noted that the development of cooperation in this area was desirable. "Iran has a high quality and quantity of natural gas and especially oil, and Greece is in a geographical position that constitutes an entry point to the European Union," the foreign minister said, adding that Greek ship owners controlled large fleets that could be used for the transport of oil and LNG.

On his part, Zarif said that politically, Iran and Greece have similar views on a number of issues, particularly in the area of peace and security, counter-terrorism and fighting extremism. The two sides are also boosting political cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Middle East, and jointly expressed concern regarding the activity of ISIS and the Jihadists.