His Majesty Sultan Qaboos gave an audience at Hisn Al Shomoukh on Monday evening to Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The audience reviewed aspects of the existing cooperation between the Sultanate and the Islamic Republic of Iran in various spheres to serve the joint interests of the Omani and Iranian friendly peoples, in addition to discussing a number of matters in light of the current regional and international developments.
The audience was attended by Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, and the delegation accompanying the guest. Earlier, Zarif hailed the policy being adopted by the Sultanate under the wise leadership of His Majesty the Sultan, as well as His Majesty’s constructive role in the region, which faces several challenges. In a statement to Oman News Agency (ONA), Zarif affirmed that both countries are bound by good relations. He added that they endeavour to expand these relations in different fields particularly in economy, energy and transit fields.
Zarif pointed out that his visit comes within the framework of the continuous consultation with the Sultanate on wide range of issues of concern to the region. Regarding the transport of Iranian gas to India through the Sultanate, he pointed out that the trilateral meetings held recently in New York with the Minster Responsible for Foreign Affairs and the Indian External Affairs Minister discussed cooperation in energy and gas fields. They also discussed the possibility of tripartite cooperation in gas fields. The Iranian minister hoped that cooperation among these countries would be maintained.
As for as the nuclear file is concerned, Zarif pointed out that the Sultanate has played a major role in the recent accord. He noted that Iran does not have communication channels with the current US administration and explained that coordination is maintained through the ministerial meetings only, within the framework of the P5+1 Group. He hoped that the US Administration would commit to the agreement. Earlier, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdallah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, received Zarif. The meeting discussed aspects of the bilateral relations and means of enhancing them. The meeting also discussed the ongoing developments in the region and the regional and international issues. The meeting was attended by a number of senior officials at the Foreign Ministry, Iranian Ambassador to the Sultanate and the official delegation accompanying the guest.