The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made the remark in a meeting with Greece’s new Ambassador to Tehran Georgios Ayfantis on Monday.
Ayfantis submitted his credentials to Zarif during the meeting.
In the meeting Zarif said Iran and Greece are intent to make use of their mutual potentials to improve relations in a whole range of fields, including culture and tourism sectors.
Pointing to the recent terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo he said, "Europe must examine the true reasons behind violence and extremism if it intends to carry out a serious challenge and prepare the ground for common understanding on such concepts in cooperation with key countries in the Middle East.”
A wave of terrorist attacks rocked France on January 7, when the office of Charlie Hebdo was attacked by two gunmen. Twelve people were killed in the incident.
The two suspects then fled to a town north of Paris where they took some hostages, only to be killed by police later.
For his part, the incoming Greek ambassador said Athens welcomes growing ties with Tehran in all areas.