Oman looks for stronger economic ties with Iran, asks to help with food security
TEHRAN, Iran, Dec.9
Oman is looking to increase its food security, the Minister of Commerce and Industry of Oman Ali bin Masud al-Sunaidi said during the meeting at the Iranian Chamber of Commerce.
"Sometimes sea storms make it impossible for us to import certain food items, including meat. So we want to create warehouses for meat storage and drying, and we ask Iran for help," said the minister.
Al-Sunaidi said that the relations between the private sectors of the two countries have been improving, including many direct and indirect contacts.
The minister noted that he is accompanied by that more than 30 Omani businessmen who represent all sectors of the economy and strive to develop cooperation with various sectors of Iran's economy.
Referring to the presence of 30 Omani businessmen in his delegation, Ali bin Massoud al-Sanidi said that there have been constructive meetings and negotiations between the businessmen of the two countries and it is time to make a big leap in business relations.
The Omani minister also expressed pleasure with Iranian facilities available for health tourism and for pilgrims coming from Oman.
Global economic crisis has created many problems for many countries and to address the challenges, Oman will do its best to enhance trade and economic relations with countries such as Iran, he said.
Referring to the launch of direct flights between Iran and Muscat in the past few years, he asked for increasing the number of flights to expand business.
“Maritime transport has been developing also, over the last three years between Bandar Abbas and Bandar Sahar ports,” the Omani minister said. “Also, shipping costs have decreased with the development of port transportation and many of the imported goods come directly to Oman.”