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Iran's interim FM: Strong bonds among neighbors will lead to expulsion of outsiders from West Asia

Iran's Interim Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani (R) shakes hands with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi in Tehran on May 27, 2024. (Photo by Iran's Foreign Ministry)

Iran's Interim Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani says stronger bonds and ties among the neighboring states are the only way to expel foreigners from the West Asia region.

Bagheri Kani made the remarks in a joint press conference with Omani Foreign Minister Sayyid Badr al-Busaidi, who arrived in Tehran on Monday to express his country's solidarity with Iran following the death of President Ebrahim Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash last week.

"Today, we are consolidating friendly and fraternal relations and promoting multilateral ties with our neighbors," Bagheri Kani said.

He added that the Islamic Republic is determined to prevent any gap in its cordial relations with the neighboring states.

Bagheri Kani noted that he and the visiting Omani foreign minister discussed the Israeli regime's ongoing genocide in the Gaza Strip and stressed the need to make more serious efforts to end the crimes and send humanitarian aid to the war-stricken people of Palestine.

Iran and Oman will promote cooperation in this regard, he said.

The interim foreign minister thanked Omani authorities for their messages of condolences over the tragic incident in Iran and the participation of an Omani delegation in the memorial ceremonies.

He noted that foreign policy had a special position in the doctrine of Raeisi's administration which included the expansion of political ties with the neighboring countries and enhanced trade cooperation.

Raeisi, Amir-Abdollahian and six others were killed on May 19, when their helicopter crashed in foggy weather in the mountains near the northwestern border with Azerbaijan. Their bodies were found the following day after a massive search operation.

The Omani foreign minister, for his part, said he exchanged views with Bagheri Kani on issues of common interest concerning the region, particularly Israel's massacre and destruction in Gaza.

He said considerable efforts are underway to put an end to the Israeli regime's acts of aggression.

He emphasized that international will to establish the Palestinian state will be realized.

The top Omani diplomat hailed his country's growing relations with Iran and noted that the two sides will strive to implement the  agreements already reached between Tehran and Muscat. 

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