Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrives in Muscat, Oman, Monday, October 2, 2017. (AP)

December 26, 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with Omani officials in Muscat and met with Houthi spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam, according to Iranian media.

The semi-official ISNA news agency reported Wednesday that Zarif held talks with Abdul Salam, discussing the latest political and field developments in Yemen.

Zarif arrived in Muscat Monday in an unannounced visit, which the Iranian Foreign Ministry described as part of ongoing consultations between Iran and Oman.

Zarif held a round of negotiations with his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi and discussed the most important bilateral issues, particularly in economy and trade, according to the media office and ministry’s spokesman.

The Iranian FM said via his Twitter account that he “visited Muscat to consult with high-ranking officials of Sultanate of Oman over bilateral relations, regional, and international issues,” asserting that Iran and Oman are neighboring countries with strong warm relations.

“We will stay with the Sultanate of Oman, a strong government with a powerful nation.”

Oman News Agency reported that the two Foreign Ministers reviewed during their meeting the good bilateral relations and means of promoting them to serve the joint interests and objectives of the two countries and their peoples.

The talks also touched on the current regional issues of common concern and the efforts being exerted to maintain peace and stability in the region.

The session was attended by the Secretary-General of the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, senior officials at the Ministry, the Iranian Ambassador to Oman, and members of the official delegation accompanying Zarif.

Earlier this month, Iran received the Omani Foreign Minister who indicated that his talks with Iranian officials treated efforts to settle the Yemeni crisis.

Bin Alawi also met with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani and said after his meeting there were “signs of hope” regarding the Yemeni crisis.

Asharq Al-Awsat

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