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‘Rouhani’s visit to Oman will promote regional peace and prosperity’
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_02_at1(131).jpgTEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is scheduled to arrive in Oman on Wednesday on a two-day official visit, which would mark his first trip to the Persian Gulf since assuming office in August 2013, Times of Oman reported.
 
“Rouhani will arrive in Muscat before noon on Wednesday, and talks will begin shortly after the official welcoming ceremony,” Iranian Ambassador Ali Akbar Sibeveih told the Times of Oman on Monday.
 
Ministers of foreign affairs, oil, industry and trade, transportation, and labor, besides the vice-president and head of the cultural, handicrafts and tourism organization, deputy health minister, and a number of other senior officials would be accompanying the president, the ambassador said. 
 
Four or five agreements are expected to be signed, two of which would be on transportation and technical training, added Sibeveih.
 
“Apart from bilateral relations, regional issues, including the crisis in Syria, will be discussed. This trip will contribute to the promotion of peace and stability in the region and will help strengthen exemplary relations between the two friendly countries,” the Iranian ambassador said.  
 
He noted that the volume of annual trade between Iran and Oman would reach $1 billion by the end of the Iranian calendar year (March 20) and bilateral investments are expected to hit $10 billion by the end of 2014.   
 
“During this trip, various ways to enhance cooperation in the economic and trade sectors will be explored,” the ambassador said, adding that Iran has 10 major projects in Oman.
 
“Omani investors are also investing in a number of Iranian cities, including Chabahar, Yazd, Tehran, and Kish Island.”      
 
Agreements for a number of projects have been signed and other agreements would be concluded soon, added Sibeveih.
 
Rouhani may hold a meeting with businessmen here during his trip, the diplomat added.
 
He would also discuss what transpired during the negotiations between Iran and world powers regarding Tehran's nuclear program.
 
“The achievements of negotiations between Iran and the 5+1 group (five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) will be reviewed,” Sibeveih said. 
 
Iran and the six major powers clinched an interim deal in Geneva last November, according to which Iran agreed not to expand its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The deal took effect on January 20.
 
Oman and Iran share the strategic Strait of Hormuz and maintain friendly relations. 
 
MT/PA 

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