The Iranian President, in a meeting with the Omani Foreign Minister, said that the presence of foreign forces is the main cause of regional tensions.

Iran Press/Iran news: The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani made the remarks Sunday, in a meeting with the Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran, saying, “The presence of foreign forces not only does not contribute to the security of the region but also will be the main cause of regional tensions.” 

Rouhani further described Iran-Oman relations very friendly and developing, adding, “We should attempt to further deepen Tehran-Muscat cooperation in different fields, especially energy and trade,” Iran Press reported citing

“The Islamic Republic of Iran is willing to develop ties and relations with Oman at different levels to serve both nations’ interests.”

Iran and Oman are the main responsible parties for ensuring the security of the Strait of Hormuz, said the President, adding, “The Islamic Republic of Iran always attempts to make sure that the Sea of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz are safe and secure for free international navigation”.

Iran attempts to establish durable stability and security in the entire region

Rouhani also underscored the reconstruction of Syria and the return of refugees to the country, as well as stopping the killing of innocent people in Yemen, saying, “We should cooperate in sending humanitarian aid and medicine to the innocent Yemenis.”

Describing the acts of aggression of the Zionist Regime and the killing of Palestinians and destruction of their houses as another important issue of the region, he said: “Crude, dangerous planning for the future of Palestine under the name of the Deal of the Century are worrying.”

The issues of the region are in some way intertwined, said the President, continuing, “If we want the region to develop, everybody must attempt to establish lasting stability and security in the entire region”.

He said that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never started tensions with other countries, adding, “The unpleasant incidents and tensions in the region today are rooted in the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)”.

Seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar is illegal 

Stating that the seizure of Iranian tanker in Gibraltar was illegal and will definitely be to their detriment, Rouhani said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to stand against any kind of violation of regulations that endangers the security of navigation in the Persian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman”.

The Omani Foreign Minister delivered the greetings of Sultan Qaboos to Rouhani and said, “Tehran-Muscat relations have been developing in different fields, especially trade and investment”.

“The two nations welcome the deepening of relations and cooperation between Iran and Oman,” he continued.

He went on to say, “Today, the region is experiencing fabricated and proxy crises and the establishment of sustainable security in the region will definitely not be possible without Iran’s involvement”.

The Omani FM added, “Despite all challenges that they are facing, Iran and Oman should do their best to establish sustainable stability and security in the region”.

Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah also had meetings with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif and Iran’s Secretary of Supreme National Security Council Admiral Ali Shamkhani in Tehran on Saturday.

The Omani top diplomat is also scheduled to meet with Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani.

Earlier, the Oman Foreign Minister met with Zarif in Tehran on May 20 and exchanged views on bilateral relations, regional and international issues.

Iran and Oman share age-old and close diplomatic, economic, and commercial ties. Oman’s Sultan Qaboos played an important role in facilitating the early stages of nuclear talks between Iran and the world power which resulted in the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


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