May 25, 2023 14:08 UTC
  • Omani Sultan’s Iran visit to further boost bilateral cooperation: Envoy

The Iranian ambassador to Muscat says the upcoming visit by Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said to Tehran will further strengthen cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking to the official Oman News Agency (ONA) on Wednesday, Ali Najafi said that Iran and Oman have enjoyed brotherly and continuous coordination and consultation regarding bilateral, regional and international relations.

“In addition to the historical, cultural and religious ties and commonalities, there is a broad prospect for promoting political, economic, international and regional cooperation between the two countries,” he added.

“Sultan Haitham’s trip to Tehran and his meeting with our high-ranking officials will further enhance the partnership and cooperation between Iran and Oman.”

Referring to growing Iran-Oman economic relations, the envoy said that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries has tripled over the past two years and reached $2 billion.

He also noted that there are great opportunities for the development of bilateral cooperation and trade given existing capacities in air and sea transport.

A visa waiver, he emphasized, has helped promote tourism and trade exchange, and increased the number of daily flights between various Iranian and Omani cities.

Najafi further said that Iran has always welcomed Oman’s balanced and influential role in regional and global arenas.

“There is mutual trust at the highest levels of the two countries and we have always welcomed Oman’s wise and benevolent initiatives,” he asserted.

Earlier in the day, the ONA reported that Oman’s Sultan “will go on an official two-day visit to Iran... in response to an invitation from the Iranian president.”

“The visit will also touch on means of promoting cooperation between Oman and Iran in different spheres,” the report added.

Sultan Haitham’s trip to Iran, scheduled for May 28-29, comes one week after his visit to Egypt.