Kotzias to visit Iran on November 28-29

Kotzias to visit Iran on November 28-29

Athens, November 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias will make an official visit to the Iranian capital of Tehran this weekend.

The Greek minister will make the trip at the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had visited the European country some six months ago.

During the visit, Kotzias will hold meetings with high-ranking Iranian officials to confer on bilateral ties, regional developments, and the expansion of Tehran-Athens economic relations.

In late September, Zarif and Kotzias held a meeting in the US city of New York, during which the two sides conferred on a wide variety of issues including the ongoing crisis in Syria as well as Tehran-Athens ties.

In their meeting, held on the sidelines of the 70th Session of United Nations General Assembly, the two sides explored avenues for reinforcing cooperation on the crisis in Syria, which has also affected Greece given the flock of Syrian refugees to its territory.

Iran and Greece, known as popular tourist destinations for their rich histories, seem more willing to strengthen ties after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office in August 2013.