News ID: 235694
Published: 0420 GMT December 12, 2018

Iran, Oman launch direct sea route

Iran, Oman launch direct sea route

Iran and Oman launched a direct sea route between their strategic ports which would facilitate trade exchanges between the two countries, said a senior official from Hormuzgan Province.

Director General of Hormuzgan Industry, Mine and Trade Department Khalil Qassemi was quoted by Fars News Agency as saying, "The marine line connecting the two Persian Gulf littoral ports is now operational and is envisaged to help increase economic interactions between the two countries."

Qassemi stated that the marine route would be of great help in exporting non-oil goods, particularly agro products, from Hormuzgan to Oman.

Iran and Oman share a history of friendly ties in political and economic fields. Oman is among the top 10 destinations for Iran's non-oil exports.

Trade between the two countries during the first five months of the current fiscal through August 22, stood at 1.36 million tons worth $659.80, registering a 53.71-percent and a 126.6-percent growth in tonnage and value, respectively compared to the corresponding period last year.

Iran-Oman ties have even expanded in recent years due to extended banking cooperation between the two countries.

Oman's Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud al-Sunaidy said in October that the removal of visa requirements for the citizens of Oman visiting Iran would boost commercial relations between the two countries.

The Omani minister made the remarks in Muscat in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Oman Mohammadreza Nouri Shahroudi.

He added that the move could be considered as a significant step forward towards expanding tourism in both Iran and Oman. He added that the visa removal further expands the friendly relations between the two nations.

The Iranian government announced on September 17 that Omani citizens can travel to Iran without visa.

Oman in return facilitated the visa issuing process using electronic 10-day visas which can be extended up to a year.

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