0120 GMT January 26, 2020
Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah is due to arrive in Tehran today to meet with senior Iranian officials including his counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Regional issues, bilateral relations as well as Iran’s Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) initiative will be discussed during the meeting.
The HOPE initiative was proposed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly this year.
In an address to the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in September 25, President Hassan Rouhani said as a steward of maritime security in the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, Iran invites all countries that are affected by developments in the strategic region to join the Hormuz Peace Endeavor.
The initiative aims to promote peace, stability, progress and prosperity of littoral states and help achieve mutual understanding and establish peaceful and friendly relations among the neighbors, he said.
The Omani minister visited Tehran in late July and met Iranian officials at the time tensions between Iran and the US had deteriorated following the Washington’ withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and its military buildup in the Persian Gulf.
Despite being part of the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, Oman has for long maintained an independent foreign policy and has been able to successfully project itself as a mediator in regional disputes.
Under the dynamic leadership of Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, Muscat was active in facilitating negotiations between the United States and Iran during the Obama administration which eventually led to the signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
In the past, Muscat also played a role as mediator between Iran and Persian Gulf Arab countries.