0632 GMT February 25, 2020
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his Omani counterpart Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, in a meeting on Tuesday, underlined the strategic relations between the two countries.
Zarif and bin Alawi exchanged views on the latest developments in the region as the tensions between Tehran and Washington have deteriorated in recent weeks following the US assassination of Iran’s Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, according to Iran’s Foreign Ministry’s official website.
The visit by Oman’s top official to Tehran came four days after the two officials held a meeting in Oman’s capital Muscat where the Iranian official had a stopover en route from India to Iran.
Bin Alawi also traveled to Iran almost two weeks ago to participate in a conference in Tehran.
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.
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 has played as the mediator between Iran and the Persian Gulf Arab countries as it maintains good relations with Iran.