Greece Calls On Georgia to Join Armenian Greek Iranian Accord

YEREVAN (BBC)–Greece called on Georgia to join the Armenian-Greek-Iranian trilateral cooperation–Greek Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoris Niotis said in an interview last with the Yerevan-based Yerkir newspaper.

He said trilateral cooperation between Armenia–Greece and Iran was growing ever deeper and was based in particular on economic priorities.

"Tbilisi’s adherence to cooperation with Yerevan–Athens and Tehran would be most desirable and Greece is trying to interest Georgia in this question," Niotis said–adding that a scheduled meeting of the Armenian–Greek and Iranian foreign ministers would be held in Yerevan in September 1999.

Commenting on the results of the official visit of the president of the Hellenic Republic–Konstandinos Stefanopoulos–to Armenia–the deputy minister said that both Greece and Armenia were "completely satisfied" with the meetings in Yerevan…

Having emphasized that friendly relations between Yerevan and Athens do not hinder the establishment of partnership between Greece and other states–Grigoris Niotis said that Greek-Azeri relations were far from "good" and that considerable work was needed to achieve a high level of relations between Greece and Azerbaijan.

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