Valiollah Seif: The Greek government is making efforts to attract foreign investments

Valiollah Seif, Governor of Central Bank of Iran, waits to start a meeting with Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (unseen) in Tehran, Iran August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Banking and energy issues dominated the meetings of Iran’s central banker Valiollah Seif with government representatives, Bank of Greece officials and representatives of Greek financial institutions over the last weekend in Athens.

“The visit of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Tehran was a milestone in our bilateral relations,” he said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency adding that there is willingness on both sides to further strengthen these relations.

As he noted, bilateral discussions on the energy sector focused both on oil refining and natural gas, and now two specific proposals are being examined in these areas. The strengthening of relations in the banking sectors of the two countries with the creation of “corresponding banks” is also under consideration, he said.

Referring to the economic situation in Greece, he said that “…the Greek government is making great efforts to overcome the current problems and simultaneously enhance the welfare of society. It is also making efforts to attract foreign investments as well as proceeding to actions that will contribute to economic growth, create new jobs and combat unemployment. Provided that these initiatives continue, the Greek economy can have a positive future.”