TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Ranking officials from Iran and Cyprus weighed plans for the expansion of relations between the two nations in various fields.

In a Wednesday meeting in Tehran, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi and Michalis Sofocleous, the director of Cypriot President's office, explored avenues for strengthening political, economic, cultural and academic ties between the two countries.

In the meeting, the Iranian diplomat called for efforts to remove the obstacles to banking interaction as a prerequisite for the expansion of economic relations.

He also highlighted the role that Cyprus can play in the European Union to enhance the bloc’s understanding of the threats posed by extremism and terrorism.

For his part, the visiting official voiced Cyprus’ willingness to broaden economic and diplomatic relations with Iran.

He also emphasized that the EU is a supporter of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a nuclear agreement between Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).