Oman FM makes surprise visit to Iran

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi. (AFP) May 20, 2019 Oman’s Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah made a surprise visit to Iran on Monday amid mounting tensions between Tehran and the United States. He discussed regional and international issues with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iranian state news agency IRNA [...]

By |May 20th, 2019|Oman|

Strategic port deal with US may affect Iran-Oman relations

General view of Duqm Port in Oman, August 22, 2017. (Reuters) April 1, 2019 Oman has been able to steer clear of regional disputes in recent years and play a more balanced role in the Gulf while maintaining good relationships with both Iran and the United States. However, US sanctions against the Iranian [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|Oman|

With an eye on Iran, U.S. clinches strategic port deal with Oman

US Defense Secretary James 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) March 25, 2019 The United States clinched a strategic port deal with Oman on Sunday which U.S. officials say will allow the U.S. military [...]

By |March 25th, 2019|North America, Oman, USA|

Zarif says Oman informed Iran about Netanyahu’s trip in October

Israel’s Netanyahu met the Sultan of Oman in late October. According to the official statement the two discussed ‘ways to promote peace in the Middle East’. (Twitter) January 3, 2019 Iran’s foreign minister says that Oman had informed Iran about Israeli prime minister Benjanim Netanyahu’s visit to the Arab country in late October. [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|Israel, Oman|

Sunni leader allowed to leave Iran and visit Oman

Molavi Abdul-Hamid is banned from traveling outside Sistan and Baluchestan Province, although he is allowed to visit Tehran. (Supplied) December 26, 2018 The most prominent Sunni cleric in Iran has been allowed to travel out of the country for the first time in almost a decade. Mawlana Abdol-Hamid (also known as Molavi AbdulHamid) [...]

By |December 26th, 2018|Minorities, Oman|

Iranian MP: Secret negotiations underway between Tehran, Washington in Muscat

Ghodoosi also added that after the US pulled out of the nuclear agreement in May, the Iranian foreign minister attempted to contact the Trump administration to begin negotiations. (Supplied) October 27, 2018 Javad Karimi Ghodoosi, a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committees of Iran’s parliament, said that secret negotiations are [...]

By |October 27th, 2018|North America, Oman, USA|

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|