Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Monday that Iran and Oman will benefit from closer bilateral cooperation, lauding the Raeisi administration's policy of improving ties with regional nations.
Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with Oman’s Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said in Tehran.
“We believe that the expansion of bilateral relations in all fields benefits both sides,” the Leader said.
“Increasing Iran-Oman cooperation is significant because the two countries share the very important Strait of Hormuz waterway.”
Referring to negotiations between Iranians and Omanis, Ayatollah Khamenei noted that the talks should be followed up seriously until they yield tangible results.
The Leader also urged all regional countries to take into account the policy pursued by the Zionist regime and its supporters to sow discord and erode peace in the region.
Ayatollah Khamenei: Iran welcomes a detente with Egypt
Ayatollah Khamenei also touched on Sultan Haitham’s comments on Egypt's willingness to resume relations with the Islamic Republic, saying, “We welcome this position and have no problem in this regard.”
Concerning the Omani Sultan’s satisfaction with the resumption of Iran-Saudi Arabia ties, the Leader said, “These issues are the outcome of the Raeisi administration’s good policy to develop and strengthen relations with neighbors and regional states.”
Ayatollah Khamenei expressed hope that the Islamic Ummah will regain its grandeur through the expansion of ties between governments, as the convergence of Muslim countries’ capacities and facilities would benefit all Muslim nations and governments.
Sultan Haitham, for his part, emphasized that Muscat’s policy is to expand relations with its neighbors, especially the Islamic Republic.
The two sides exchanged views on various fields of cooperation during the talks in Tehran, he said, hoping that with the continuation of the negotiations, bilateral relations will expand further and yield practical results.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, the Omani Sultan traveled to Iran on Sunday upon an invitation by Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi.
President Raeisi, Sultan Haitham release joint statement
In a joint statement released on Monday, President Raeisi and Sultan Haitham said they discussed ways to reinforce bilateral ties on the basis of brotherhood and common interests, especially in the areas of trade, energy, investment, and culture.
They also voiced their keenness to boost relations in the future, stressing the formation of joint committees and the exchange of working groups, the statement read.
The two sides expressed their satisfaction with the continuous increase in trade exchanges and joint investments, emphasizing the constructive role played by the private sector in bolstering economic cooperation.
The statement further said that the Iranian president and the Omani Sultan had “welcomed the signing of agreements and memorandums of understanding in economic, commercial, transit, investment, energy, and cultural fields, and underscored the need for the activation of existing deals … as well as cooperation to reach new agreements that serve mutual interests.”
The two sides, it added, welcomed the culture of dialog in the region with the aim of solving problems and improving relations between neighboring countries to establish peace, stability and bring prosperity.