May 21, 2019, 7:34 PM
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Iran, Oman; role model for positive regional relationship

Tehran, May 21, IRNA - Given to Oman's Foreign Minister's trip to Tehran, an expert on Middle East affairs says that Oman is not aligned with Saudi politics in the region, and undoubtedly Tehran-Muscat relations is counted as a role model for positive regional relationship.

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi arrived in Tehran on Monday (May 21). After arriving in Tehran, he met with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and talked about the bilateral relations and the most important regional and international issues.

Zarif and bin Alawi, as heads of foreign policy of the two countries who have a history of close relations in the Middle East as a friendly and prosperous, have used shuttle diplomacy in pursuing the developments.

The visit of bin Alawi to Tehran was conducted while the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, May 15, in a telephone call with Sultan Qaboos of Oman, discussed Iran and other topics.

State Department spokesman announced that Pompeo has spoken to Oman's king about what he said Iran's threats in the region.

Considering the importance of the visit of the Foreign Minister of Oman to Iran, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) addressed the developments in an exclusive interview with Jafar Qannadbashi.

** Omani plays role of mediation

Qannadbashi at the beginning of the interview noted that Oman has pursued a different policy with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the region over the past two decades, and in the cases of Yemen and the differences between Saudi Arabia and the Arab coalition with Qatar it never followed policies in line with Riyadh in the region and did not participate in the coalition formed against Qatar, led by Saudi Arabia.

He pointed out that Oman has, in some cases, brought Western countries messages to regional governments, and in the news circles, Oman is referred to as a mediator, and the Omani authorities themselves demand that, given the existing tensions in the Middle East, it will play a mediator role in resolving the crisis.

'Of course our relationship with the Oman authorities is very close and friendly,' said Qanadbashi. “Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser of the Supreme Leader in the international affairs, was also a classmate and friend of Oman's Foreign Minister at university, which shows that beyond diplomatic relations, there are friendly ties, and relationships have been preserved over the years.'

** Oman has potential to reduce tensions in region

The Middle East expert said that if the tensions are on the level of the region, Oman has the potential to be effective, but if the tensions are out of the region, it is outside the Omani capacity. It depends, of course, on the type of tension created in the area.

Qannadbashi went on to say that, 'Unfortunately, the politics of the region is pursuing the US policy and Saudi Arabia is leading this trend, and Oman, with all its experiences and capabilities, can play the role of mediation in the region, and we saw in 2012 it has played a mediating role between Tehran and Washington.

He further noted, “Of course, Oman is pursuing its own policy in the region and is seeking to reduce tensions in the region.”

** Iran-Oman strategic relations in Strait of Hormuz

'Our country is in a strong and confident position in the region, and all countries have full confidence in this issue that Iran has never thought of invading other countries. And Iran is never beginning a military conflict in the region, and there is no plan to put pressure on other countries in the region,' the analyst highlighted.

He also said that Iran is trusted by the realistic countries of the Middle East, and these countries can trust us, given their reality and attitude.

The Middle East expert also pointed out that, of course, some of the countries of the region resort to foreign countries due to their internal problems and weaknesses, and allowed the United States to have base in their territory and even grant their territorial integrity to countries outside the region.

At the heart of this, Oman, is the country that is responsible for securing the safety of the waterway in the Strait of Hormuz, and its leaders always believe in the necessity of securing the stability of the region as the basic prerequisites for their country's development and, most importantly, the security of the region is in demand as one of the oil exporting countries, and it is natural that they do not want to see any tensions and they act in line with Iran on the Strait of Hormuz.


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