Oman offers to mediate between the U.S. and Iran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) greets Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said (L) at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran on August 25, 2013. (EPA) By Nicole Salter August 11, 2018 Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmedWednesday that Oman, along with Switzerland, has offered to mediate talks between the Islamic Republic and the United [...]

By |August 11th, 2018|Oman|

Oman’s dangerous double game

Iran was smuggling arms through Oman to the Houthi rebels fighting the government in Yemen. (Getty) By Jonathan Schanzer and Nicole Salter June 14, 2018 The sultanate, a U.S. ally, seems to be helping Tehran wage a proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The Obama administration sought to help Iran cash in on [...]

By |June 14th, 2018|Oman, Yemen|

A U-turn on Iran deal will hurt Oman’s economy

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) greets Oman's Sultan ?Qaboos bin Said al-Said (L) at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran on August 25, 2013. (EPA) By Jasim Ali May 5, 2018 Oman’s economy received mixed marks from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following a visit by a delegation as part of the Article IV [...]

By |May 5th, 2018|Oman|

Omani FM in Tehran, denies mediation with US

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. (AFP) By Adel al-Salmi March 18, 2018 Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahran Qassemi rejected on Saturday “speculation” over an Omani mediation between Tehran and Washington. This effectively eliminated rumors that Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi’s surprise visit to Iran was related to US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ [...]

By |March 18th, 2018|North America, Oman, USA|

Oman needs to prevent Iranian weapons shipments to Houthis

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shakes hands with Oman Ministry of Defense Chief of Protocol Ameed Saleh Al Hinai after arriving in Muscat, Oman, Mar. 11, 2018. (U.S. Army) By Nicole Salter March 13, 2018 Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Oman yesterday to meet with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. Among other [...]

By |March 13th, 2018|North America, Oman, USA, Yemen|

How long can Oman maintain its neutral stands on Yemen crisis?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) greets Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said (L) at the presidential palace in Tehran, Iran on August 25, 2013. (EPA) By Track Persia - February 24, 2018 Iran and Oman have been enjoying close ties over the years. It was Oman in March 2013 succeeded in mediating between [...]

By |February 24th, 2018|Oman, Yemen|

Iran offers nuclear deal compromise with US via Oman

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif arrives in Muscat, Oman, Monday, October 2, 2017. (Oman News Agency via AP) By Amir Taheri October 8, 2017 Iran has asked Oman to transmit to Washington a set of new proposals designed to prevent a showdown with the Trump administration over the controversial nuclear deal reached with [...]

By |October 8th, 2017|North America, Oman, USA|

Oman: Regional crises won’t affect Tehran-Muscat ties

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah has said that Tehran-Muscat ties are based on “honesty”, “friendship” and will not be affected by crises in the Middle East region. (Tehran Times) Track Persia- May 30, 2017 Iran's official paper Tehran Times  quoted Oman's foreign minister in an interview with BBC Arabic as [...]

By |May 30th, 2017|Oman|

Joint naval maneuvers between Oman and Iran begin

The official said that the Iranian flotilla, attending the drill, consists of Iran's Sabalan destroyer, Lavan logistic warship, SH3D helicopter and Falakhen navy ship (IRNA) Apr 9, 2017 An Iranian Navy flotilla departed for Oman on Saturday to attend a joint “maritime rescue drill” in the South Sea and north of the Indian [...]

By |April 9th, 2017|Oman|

Oman agrees to deepen ties with Iran central bank

Mar 28, 2017 Oman's central bank has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iranian central bank to strengthen financial and economic cooperation between the two countries, the Omani institution said on Sunday. It did not give details of the cooperation, but said the agreement would boost bilateral trade and include training for Iranian central [...]

By |March 28th, 2017|Oman|