Aug 03, 2021 19:37 UTC
  • Oman FM stresses enhanced cooperation with Iran under Raeisi administration

Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr Al Busaidi has reaffirmed the sultanate’s policy of expanding ties with neighboring Iran, saying Muscat will continue its close interactions with Tehran under the administration of new Iranian President Hojjat al-Islam Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi.

According to reports, the top Omani diplomat, who is in Tehran to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the new president, held a meeting with outgoing Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday.

Busaidi hailed great efforts made by Zarif to bolster relations with Oman during his tenure in the past eight years and said his country’s policy toward Iran is based on the enhancement of cooperation.

He added that Muscat would do its utmost to bring the views of the regional countries closer together in order to promote neighborly dialog.

Zarif, for his part, praised exemplary relations between Tehran and Muscat and the two sides’ efforts to strengthen cooperation, emphasizing the need for the policy to continue in ties with the next Iranian administration.

The top Iranian diplomat said the Islamic Republic’s principled policy is expanding ties with the neighboring countries.

Zarif paid a visit to Oman late in April, after his visits to Qatar and Iraq.

Meanwhile, in a telephone conversation with Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik Al Said late last month, Raeisi said interaction and dialog with neighboring countries is top on the foreign policy agenda of his administration.