Track Persia- May 30, 2017
Iran’s official paper Tehran Times quoted Oman’s foreign minister in an interview with BBC Arabic as saying that Oman has “strongest” relations with Iran on the basis of “cooperation” and “friendship”.
According to the paper the the Omani foreign minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah also noted that conflicts between Iran and Saudi Arabia are not permanent and different views are quite natural in regional developments.
Alawi said it is the policy of Oman to distance from regional conflicts although the country is ready to help solve regional problems.
Iran and Oman have been enjoying close ties over the years. During the nuclear negotiations, Oman played an intermediary role, seeking to facilitate the talks between Iran and the U.S. as the main negotiating partners.
According to Times of Oman, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised Muscat’s “constructive role” in the nuclear talks.
Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on April 2, 2015, that Oman “not only hosted a number of important meetings, but also played a critical role in getting these talks off the ground in the first place”.