Tuesday, 22 Oct 2019 | 23 Safar 1441
Oman, Iran hold crucial talks amid Gulf tensions

Oman, Iran hold crucial talks amid Gulf tensions

Both sides discussed a number of subjects of mutual interest and the most recent developments in the Gulf area. It was also stressed to discover appropriate options, contributing to the peace and stability in the area as nicely as security of navigation via the Strait of Hormuz.

In a tweet, Zarif stated, “Very pleased to host my distinguished friend Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s FM, in Tehran today.”

Zarif stated that they discussed bilateral relations, regional developments and safety in the Arabian Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman.

The talks in between Zarif and H E Alawi centred on the ‘latest regional and international issues’, the Iranian foreign ministry stated in a short statement posted on its Telegram channel. H E Alawi also met Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council. Good neighbourly ties Oman has maintained excellent relations with Iran all through successive regional crises, permitting it at instances to play a crucial mediating part, such as with the US.

Tensions in the Gulf have soared because final year when President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed sanctions on the nation.

In retaliation, Iran stated in May it would disregard particular limits the deal set on its nuclear programme and threatened to take additional measures if remaining parties to the deal, specifically European nations, did not assist it circumvent the US sanctions.

Tensions have escalated additional in the area with a string of incidents involving tankers and drones. The US and Saudi Arabia accused Iran of becoming behind several attacks on tankers in the Gulf in June, which the nation denies.

 

 

On July 19, a British-flagged tanker was impounded by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards with its 23-crew aboard in the Strait of Hormuz.

The seizure was noticed by London as a tit-for-tat move for the British authorities detaining an Iranian tanker off the UK’s overseas territory of Gibraltar in early July.

Oman has referred to as for the release of the UK-flagged Stena Impero
and for London and Tehran to resolve their dispute diplomatically.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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