TEHRAN – The exemplary ties between Iran and Oman can serve as a model for regional countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said during a meeting with Oman’s Sultan Qaboos in Muscat on Wednesday.
Rouhani is on his first tour of the Persian Gulf countries since inaugurated in August last year.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Iranian president was welcomed by Omani Deputy Prime Minister Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said and Foreign Minister Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah upon his arrival.
During the meeting, the two leaders expressed hope that Tehran and Muscat would expand their relations in cultural and economic spheres.
Rouhani and Sultan Qaboos also said that due to the strategic position of Iran and Oman in the Strait of Hormuz, the two countries should take strict measures to maintain the security of the region.
In addition, Rouhani and Sultan Qaboos underlined the need that the agreements between the two countries should be implemented as soon as possible.
The two also said strong relations between regional countries can help reduce tensions in the region.
Also, Rouhani held separate meetings with the foreign minister and the deputy prime minister of the Sultanate of Oman on the same day.
Sultan Qaboos was the first head of state who visited Tehran just a few days after Rouhani’s inauguration.
‘Old, brotherly ties’
Tehran and Muscat enjoy “old” and “brotherly” relations and share common views on regional issues, said the Omani deputy prime minister during his meeting with Rouhani.
Fahd bin Mahmoud added that Rouhani’s visit to Oman will lead to the expansion of relations between the two countries.
Muscat believes that the Islamic Republic is a great country with a significant role in the region, he added.
Iranian ambassador to Muscat, Ali Akbar Sibeveih, said ahead of the visit that Oman and Iran are seeking to expand trade, which reached $1 billion last year, as well as bilateral investments which they expect will top $10 billion by the end of this year.