Qaboos’ 3 Day Visit to Tehran

  August 8, 2009 at 8:49 am by

Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said arrived on Tuesday morning in Tehran; where he met with the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He was welcomed by the president at the presidential office. The two leaders discussed developing bilateral relations, expanding cooperation in different fields, as well as exchanging points of views towards a number of regional and international issues.

Oman and Iran signed a security agreement on Wednesday, as well as holding talks for a gas swap deal which would see Oman supplying Iran with gas. Iran’s Oil Minister Gholam-Hossein Nozari said “It is possible that Oman wants to provide its natural gas needs from Iran’s northern neighbors. In this case, Iran and Oman can swap natural gas.” Qaboos has a high ranking delegation.

This is the first visit in 35 years to be made by an Omani Sultan to Iran. Sultan Qaboos is the first foreign ruler to visit Iran since Ahmadinejad’s disputed June 12 re-election. Qaboos had been scheduled to visit Tehran on June 28, but postponed the trip amid unrest following the polls.

Oman is a close ally to Britian and the United States, but also has a strong relation with Iran.

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2 Responses to Qaboos’ 3 Day Visit to Tehran

  1. While for many Monarchs, who are head of state, the term Majesty is followed by King/Queen.
    However, in the Sultanate Oman the ruler is a Sultan therefore the current ruler is – His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said bin Taimur Al Said, Sultan of Oman.
    The Sultanate is the oldest independent Arab state, indeed from around 900AD, when the country eased away from the rulers in Bagdad, the only areas where foreign powers held sway were the coastal cities – the vast interior remained separate and isolated. The Al Said dynasty is also the oldest continually ruling Arab dynasty – since 1744 the have ruled Oman and previously also ruled Zanzibar and its dependencies

  2. JessRulz says:

    Thanks for that information, I have changed the tag accordingly.
    – JessRulz, Blog Editor

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