The Sultan of Oman and the Iranian president have held talks on a range of issues in a bid to further enhance mutual relations. The negotiations followed an official welcoming ceremony in Tehran where visiting Haitham bin Tariq was formally received by Ebrahim Raeisi. The Omani head of state is leading a high-ranking delegation. The trip is aimed at enhancing cooperation and bilateral relations in different areas. Following the negotiations between the two leaders, the Iranian and Omani foreign ministers held a joint press conference where they briefed reporters on the agreements reached by the two sides. Iran’s foreign minister added that other issues were also discussed by the two leaders, namely the transit of goods, the Ashgabat Agreement as well as a quadrilateral transit deal between Iran, Oman, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He said closer cooperation among regional countries was also emphasized during the talks between the two leaders. The Omani foreign minister, in turn, noted that the two sides reached good agreements in a bid to further enhance their age-old relations. Iran and Oman have maintained cordial ties throughout the years and have recently stepped up efforts to strengthen their partnership.
Turkey presidential run-off
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared victory in Turkey’s presidential run-off election. Erdogan made the announcement in Istanbul, thanking people for their support. Unofficial results show the incumbent president ahead of his opposition rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu by over four percentage points with nearly all of the votes counted. This was the first presidential run-off in the country and the toughest challenge of Erdogan’s two-decade rule. The turnout was reportedly less than the first round two weeks ago which was 89 percent. Neither of the candidates surpassed the 50-percent threshold needed to win the first round. The key issues of the election were the economy, earthquake-relief operations and refugees.
Dozens of Israeli settlers, heavily guarded by Israeli forces, have broken into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied al-Quds and performed rituals there. This is not the first time settlers storm the mosque, which is revered by Palestinians and other Muslims as an Islamic holy site. Since 2003, the Israeli regime has allowed settlers into the compound almost on a daily basis. Palestinians dismiss the settlers’ presence at the mosque as provocative. Tensions have been running high between Palestinians and Israeli settlers over the latter’s trespassing on the holy site. Israel captured East al-Quds, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, back in 1967.