Iran's President Ebrahim Raeisi is in Oman on an official visit, where expansion of bilateral cooperation tops the agenda. Raeisi was welcomed by Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tarik at his official al-Alam Palace. Following Raeisi’s arrival, Iran and Oman signed 12 cooperation documents and memorandum of understanding. These included the cooperation in energy, transportation, industrial and trade domains. The documents were signed by a number of Iranian ministers, including top diplomat Hossein Amir Abdollahian and their Omani counterparts. Raeisi’s trip to Muscat is part of the Iranian government’s efforts to strengthen relations with neighboring countries.
Anti-Russia sanctions fallout
Russia accuses the West of triggering a global food crisis by imposing severest sanctions on Russia over its military operations in Ukraine. The Kremlin spokesman also blamed Ukraine for making commercial shipping impossible by mining its waters. Peskov underlined that Russia has not shut off Ukraine’s grain exports to Poland despite Western weapons being sent to Kiev. A UN food agency official had previously said that more than 25 million tonnes of grain was stuck in Ukraine due to lack of infrastructure and sea blockade. More than 36 countries are now facing food security issues as they heavily rely on wheat imports from Russia and Ukraine. The ongoing war and the West’s anti-Russia measures have pushed up prices of commodities, ranging from cooking oil and fertilizer to energy in many countries.
China US warning
China has lashed out at the United States after President Joe Biden said Washington would defend Taiwan militarily if Beijing invaded the self-ruled island. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman also called on the US to earnestly abide by the One-China Principle and refrain from supporting Taiwan's independence. The official warned Washington that its meddlesome approach would harm bilateral ties. China has, time and again, warned the US against its increasing military and political support for Taiwan. China considers the island as part of its territory.