“From Iran’s points of view, there is no problem in developing ties with neighbors and resuming relations with Saudi Arabia, as all countries require to stay together in order to create peace and stability in the region,” said the Iranian president during a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yousef bin Alawi in Tehran, IRNA reported.
He noted, however, that Saudi policies in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon have failed to bear fruits, expressing hope that authorities in Riyadh change their course of action.
Rouhani noted that Iran and Saudi Arabia need to leave aside their past and look ahead to solve regional problems through cooperation.
The Iranian president stated that Iran’s Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE) is aimed at bringing regional countries together to secure stability.
“We should establish security in the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz by expanding our cooperation and preventing foreigners to interfere,” he said.
Yusuf bin Alawi, for his part, noted that Iran’s peace initiative will benefit all, and also help create peace and stability in the region.
Rouhani further said that European and American efforts to end the war in Yemen have not been fruitful since they seek to sell more of their weapons.
He also stressed that the war in Yemen should end through Yemeni-Yemeni dialogue, noting that Iran and Oman can play an important role in this regard.
On the Yemeni issue, the Omani top diplomat said that “there are good signs” that the conflict in the war-weary nation can end, adding that Iran will not spare any efforts given its position in the region.
The Iranian president welcomed expansion of relations and cooperation between Iran and Oman, saying that the two allies needed to further develop their economic and cultural ties as well.
Bin Alawi said that Muscat was interested in developing relations with Tehran and attached special importance to the partnership.