Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has said that the purpose of his two day visit to Iran is to strengthen relations between the Islamic Republic and Greece, but also made it known that he hopes that Greece can play the role of an economic force in bringing closer relations between Iran and the European Union.
“Greece will become an energy, economic and trade bridge between Iran and European Union,” Tsipras said, according to a translation by the Mega television channel. He further called Iran “a key player for stability and peace in the Middle East, and a significant economic partner.”
As reported in The Times of Israel, where the visit of the Greek Prime Minister to Tehran is being followed with great interest, “two weeks ago, Greece and Iran engaged in talks regarding the possible renewed transfer of oil deliveries between the two countries. Iran delivered an estimated 100,000 barrels of oil per day to Greece in 2011, before the heavy sanctions were implemented, the Sputnik news site reported.”
Iran has the world’s fourth-biggest oil reserves, but has seen its production “fall to less than 3 million barrels per day since 2012. Its oil exports have roughly halved to about 1.3 million barrels per day, from 2.5 million barrels per day in 2011. Iran also has the world’s largest reserves of gas and was the number four producer last year,” according to The Times of Israel.