Prime Minister Costas Ka-ramanlis invited businessmen in India yesterday to invest in Greece as a means of accessing the fast-growing region of Southeastern Europe. Karamanlis, on an official trip to India, described the political ties between the two nations as «exceptional» and said they could be built on further. «In recent years, economic ties between our two nations have entered a new phase and my presence here today will give fresh impetus for further development,» said the prime minister. «We also attach great importance to the boosting of ties in education and culture.» Karamanlis added he would like to see an increase in tourism traffic between the two nations and that a direct flight linking Athens with New Delhi would be a step in this direction. Greek officials said Indian businessmen showed strong interest in investing in Greece. Other items on the agenda for talks included Greece helping India forge closer ties with the European Union.