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Raeisi's trip to Muscat: Iran, Oman sign 12 cooperation agreements to expand ties in various fields

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (L) is officially welcomed by Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said at the Al Alam Palace in Muscat on May 23, 2022. (Photo by

Iran and Oman have signed 12 cooperation documents and memorandums of understanding for the expansion of bilateral cooperation in various fields, as Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi visits the Persian Gulf sultanate.

The documents were signed in Muscat on Monday by the two countries' ministers and high-ranking officials in such fields as energy, politics, transportation, diplomacy, economy, tourism, sports and the environment.

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Iran's President Raeisi and Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said. 

The Iranian president, who arrived in Muscat on a key visit earlier in the day, was officially welcomed by Oman's Sultan at the Al Alam Palace.

During the official welcoming ceremony, national anthems of the two countries were played and President Raeisi and Sultan Al Said reviewed the guard of honor.

A 21-gun salvo was performed in the honor of the Iranian president and the high-ranking delegation accompanying him.

The high-ranking delegations representing the two countries were planned to meeting before the meeting between the two countries' heads of state.

Speaking to reporters before his departure for Muscat, the Iranian president said, "The remarkable key point in the region is that dialog and cooperation among the regional countries would create security. The presence of foreign forces in the region does not create security by any means and could even threaten regional security."

Since taking office in August, Ebrahim Raeisi has emphasized the need for more trade and economic cooperation with Arab countries in the Persian Gulf.

His administration has reached major agreements with Qatar while trade delegates have been dispatched to the United Arab Emirates and Oman in recent months to explore increased economic ties with those states.

Figures by the Iranian customs office show trade between Iran and Oman reached $1.336 billion over the Persian calendar year to late March, a record high and an increase of 53% against the previous year.

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