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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