Omani Sultan meets Iran’s Supreme Leader
Azerbaijan, Baku Aug. 26 / Trend, N. Umid /
Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said has met Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, Fars news agency reported.
Two leaders have talked about bilateral relations and leading regional issues, the report said.
At the meeting Khamenei has underlined the importance of expanding mutual cooperation especially in gas sector.
He went on to note that, region's critical situation linked to different trans-regional interventions. He also criticized using religious and sectarian issues in countries` political dissentions.
Khamenei argued that, Israel's large stockpiles of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) is threatening the region's security.
The region needs public security and it will be realized just when weapons of mass destruction are truly banned, he said.
Sultan Qaboos in his turn said that, solution of the region's current problems linked to cooperation of the regional countries.
It should be recalled that, Sultan Qaboos is the first high-ranking foreign guest of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Rouhani and Qaboos met yesterday and talked about boosting bilateral relations and leading regional and international issues.
Sultan Qaboos heads a high-ranking political and economic delegation during his three-day visit to Tehran.
Oman and Iran, which share control of the strategic Strait of Hormuz, maintain friendly relations. Oman has mediated between Iran and the US in a number of cases, including the case of three US citizens who were arrested in Iran in 2009 on illegal entry and espionage charges and were released during 2010 and 2011.
In its latest successful mediation effort, Oman secured the release of Mojtaba Atarodi, an Iranian scientist held by U.S. since late 2011 on charges of violating U.S. sanctions, in April 2013.