His Majesty the Sultan receives Iranian President















Muscat - 

His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said received Iranian President Dr Hassan Rouhani who was on a day-long visit to the sultanate on Wednesday.

(Photographs: Mohammed Mustafa)

An official welcome ceremony was held for the Iranian President. Upon arrival of the cavalcade of the Iranian President at Al Alam Palace, His Majesty the Sultan led the welcome party. His Majesty the Sultan accompanied Dr Rouhani to the dais where the national anthem of Iran was played while the artillery fired a 21-gun salute.

His Majesty the Sultan then met with members of the official delegation accompanying the Iranian President.

During the ceremony, Dr Rouhani met their highnesses, the chairmen of the State Council and Majlis A’Shura, ministers, commanders of the Sultan’s Armed Forces, ROP and members of the Mission of Honour accompanying the Iranian President.

His Majesty the Sultan and the Iranian President then held talks to review the strong relations binding the two countries and means of promoting them in different spheres to serve the common interests of both the Omani and Iranian people.

The meeting was attended from the Omani side by Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, Sayyid Khalid bin Hilal al Busaidi, Minister of the Diwan of Royal Court, Gen Sultan bin Mohammed al Nuamani, Minister of the Royal Office, Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib al Busaidi, Minister Responsible for Defence Affairs, Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdul Malik 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, Oman’s Ambassador to Iran whilst it was attended from the Iranian side by the official delegation accompanying Dr Rouhani.

Earlier in the day, the Iranian President and his accompanying delegation were received upon their arrival at the Royal Airport by Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud al Said, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Dr Fuad bin Jaafar al Sajwani, Saud bin Ahmed al Barwani and members of the Embassy of Iran in Oman.

During the visit, the Iranian President was accompanied by a delegation comprising Dr Mohammed Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Mohammad Nahavandian, Chief of Staff of the President of Iran, Eng Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, Minister of Industries and Business, Dr Valiollah Seif, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Hesamodin Ashna, Cultural Advisor to the President and Head of the Strategic Studies Centre, Hamid Aboutalebi, Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Affairs in the Presidential Office, Hossein Jaberi Ansari, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Arab and African Affairs, Bahman Hussein-Pour, Director of the Protocol Department in the Presidential Office, Perviz Ismaili, Vice Chairman for Relations and Media in the Office of the President, Muhammad Tutunji, Chargé d’affaires in the Embassy of Iran in Muscat and Gholamhossein Shafei, President of the Iranian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines.

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