Rouhani calls Iran-Oman ties ‘strategic’

February 22, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described Iran-Oman relations as “friendly” and “strategic” and said that the economic ties between the two counties should be expanded.

“Relations between Iran and Oman are based on friendship, brotherhood and mutual trust and are exemplary in the region and Tehran welcomes expanding and deepening economic cooperation with Muscat,” he said during a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran on Sunday.

It is essential that the two countries use opportunities created with the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and great powers to boost cooperation, especially in economic sphere, he added.

The July 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) went into effect last month. Oman, as a friend of Iran and the United States, played an important role in bridging differences in the protracted nuclear row.

On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Oman a “good and trustworthy neighbor”.

---Energy cooperation

For his part, Alawi said that Oman is determined to expand cooperation with Iran in various spheres. Muscat welcomes active presence of the Iranian businessmen in Oman, he said.

He also attached great importance to cooperation between the two countries in energy sphere.

Rouhani also that Iran is ready to provide facilities for Omani investors and businessmen in Iran in line with expanding cooperation.

------ ‘Tension harms regional countries’ Shamkhani

In a separate meeting with the Omani foreign minister on Saturday, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said any kind of tension and crisis in the Middle East harm regional countries.

“Security in the region and the Persian Gulf is security of all and any tension and crisis are detrimental to the regional countries and meet the hegemonic system’s objectives,” he said.

Shamkhani said that Iran prioritizes expansion of ties with the neighboring countries based on mutual interests.

In an indirect reference to the conflict in Syria, the top Iranian security official also said Tehran respects other countries’ will and right to determine their destiny.

Alawi highlighted the need to avoid using military means to bridge political differences.