Iranian foreign minister hails sultanate's policy, constructive role in region

Muscat - 

Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran's foreign minister has appreciated the wise policy being adopted by the sultanate under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as well as his constructive role in the region despite several challenges. Dr Zarif said this in a statement after arriving in Oman on Monday.

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 also pointed out that his visit comes within the framework of the continuous consultation with the sultanate about a range of issues concerning the region.

As for transporting Iranian gas to India through the sultanate, he pointed out that the trilateral meetings recently held in New York with Oman's foreign minister and the Indian External Affairs Minister discussed cooperation in energy and gas fields. They also discussed the possibility of tripartite cooperation in gas fields. He hoped that cooperation among these countries would be maintained.

As for the nuclear file, 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. He 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 this agreement.

The Iranian minister and his accompanying delegation were received by H E Yousef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs, a number of senior officials at the foreign ministry, H E Mohammed Ridha Nouri, Iran's Ambassador to the sultanate and members of the Iranian Embassy in Muscat.

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