MUSCAT: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos received President Dr Hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who arrived here on a one-day business visit to the Sultanate. An official welcome ceremony was given for the Iranian President. Upon the arrival of the motorcade of the Iranian President at Al Alam Palace Guesthouse, His Majesty the Sultan led the welcoming party for the Iranian President. Then, His Majesty accompanied the guest to the Dais of Honour where the National Anthem of the Islamic Republic of Iran was played, while the artillery fired a twenty-one gun salute to the Iranian President.
Then, His Majesty the Sultan shook hands with members of the official delegation accompanying the Iranian President. The President of Iran also shook hands with their Highnesses, the Chairmen of the State Council and Majlis Ash’shura, ministers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces (SAF), Royal Oman Police (ROP) and members of the Mission of Honour accompanying the Iranian President. Afterwards, His Majesty the Sultan and the Iranian President then proceeded to the hall for taking coffee and exchanged cordial conversations.
The two leaders reviewed the strong relations binding the two countries, aspects of the existing bilateral cooperation between the Sultanate and Iran and means of promoting them in various fields that serve the common interests of both the Omani and Iranian friendly peoples.
The meeting was attended from the Omani side by His Highness Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidy, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, General Sultan bin Mohammed al Numani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Badr bin Saud al Busaidy, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidy, Minister of Interior, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Abdulmalik bin Abdullah al Khalili, Minister of Justice, Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries (Head of the Mission of Honour accompanying the Guest), and Saud bin Ahmed al Barwani, Sultanate’s Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran, while it was attended from the Iranian side by the official delegation accompanying the Iranian President.
President Dr Rouhani arrived earlier in the day.
The Iranian President and his delegation were received upon their arrival at the Royal Airport by HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Saud bin Ahmed al Barwani, and members of the Iranian Embassy in the Sultanate.
During his visit to the Sultanate, the Iranian President is accompanied by an official delegation comprising
Dr Mohammed Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Nahavandian, Chief of Staff of the President of Iran, Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industries and Business, Dr Valiollah Seif, Governor of Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hesamodin Ashna, Cultural Adviser for the President of the Republic, Head of the Strategic Studies Centre, Hamid Aboutalebi, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Presidential Office for Political Affairs, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Arab and African Affairs, Bahman Hussein-Pour, Director of the Protocols Department at the Presidential Office, Perviz Ismaili, Vice-Chairman of the Office of the President of the Republic for Relations and Media, Muhammad Tutunji, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Muscat and Gholamhossein Shafei, President of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines.
The visit comes to enhance the existing, fruitful bilateral cooperation between the Sultanate and the Islamic Republic of Iran and stems from the keenness of the leaderships of both countries to promote such cooperation in a bid to achieve further aspirations of the Omani and Iranian friendly peoples in several fields.
Later in the evening, Dr Rouhani and his delegation left after a one-day business visit to the Sultanate.
They were seen off at the Royal Airport by HH Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Saud bin Ahmed al Barwani, and members of the Iranian Embassy in the Sultanate. — ONA