0431 GMT January 23, 2020
President Rouhani said the ties between Iran and Oman under the late ruler Sultan Qaboos Al Said were based upon “mutual trust”, adding, “I hope that bilateral relations during the era of your leadership would grow further in all fields, with wisdom and discernment.”
Rouhani also wished good health and success for the new sultan and prosperity for the “brotherly” nation of Oman.
The message came a day after Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Oman’s new sultan in the Arab country’s capital, Muscat.
Zarif arrived in Muscat on Sunday morning to attend the commemoration ceremony of the late monarch, Sultan Qaboos, who died on Friday, at the age of 79.
Sultan Haitham, 65, has had a long career in public life, working in Oman’s Foreign Ministry, assisting with programs aimed at diversifying the country’s economy away from oil and, most recently, serving as the culture minister.
He is a cousin of the late sultan.
Oman’s new monarch pledged on Saturday to follow the non-interference policy that made the kingdom a vital regional mediator under Sultan Qaboos who reigned for half a century.
As the Persian Gulf’s discreet go-between, Oman played a role in Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.