Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi has held talks with Michalis Sofocleous, the director of Cypriot President’s office.
During the Wednesday talks, the two sides emphasized the necessity of expanding bilateral ties in economic, political, cultural and educational fields.
Sarmadi pointed to the European Union’s support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and world powers and said the collective reactions of the EU members can thwart the US officials’ anti-Iran rhetoric.
The Iranian diplomat also stressed tackling of the current banking problems between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Cyprus can pave the way for expansion of economic ties between the two sides.
“On the other hand, as a member of the EU, Cyprus can help the bloc develop a better understanding of the issues of extremism and terrorism,” he said.
Sofocleous, for his part, appreciated Iran’s stance towards Cyprus talks and reiterated the EU’s support for the JCPOA.
He emphasized Cyprus’ determination to expand economic and political ties with Iran and said the visit of the Cypriot delegation including economic and political officials to Iran reveals the country’s firm resolve to strengthen its relations with the Islamic Republic.