21 Feb 2024
Monday 8 February 2016 - 12:06
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Greece to become bridge between Iran, EU - Prime minister

Greece intends to become an economic and energy bridge between the European Union and Iran, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said.





MOSCOW (Sputnik) On Sunday, Tsipras arrived inTehran tostrengthen political and economic ties withIran, including inthe energy field.
"Greece will become an energy, economic and trade bridge betweenIran and European Union," Tsipras said, asquoted bythe Mega television channel.


The two counties can cooperate intechnology and innovation, energy, trade and culture sectors, the prime minister said.

Greece and Iran launched discussions toresume Iranian oil deliveries toGreece two weeks ago, afterTehran was found incompliance ofa landmark nuclear deal allowing the lifting ofyears-long sanctions againstthe Islamic Republic.


Iran delivered an estimated 100,000 barrels ofoil per day toGreece in2011, a figure equaling one-third ofthe Hellenic Republics total oil imports.

In 2012, Irans oil exports were slashed inhalf afterthe European Union and the United States imposed sanctions againstTehran aspunishment forwhat they believed was Iran's covert pursuit ofnuclear weapons underthe guise ofa civilian nuclear program.

By Sputnik

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