Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has arrived in Oman, after his visits to Qatar and Iraq, to hold talks with the country’s officials.
Zarif arrived in Muscat on Wednesday afternoon and was welcomed by his Omani counterpart, Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamood Al Busaidi and Iranian Ambassador Ali Najafi.
The top Iranian diplomat is set to sit down with senior Omani officials, including his counterpart, to hold consultations on bilateral and regional issues.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the purpose of Zarif’s visit to Oman is to hold talks on Tehran-Muscat relations and their cooperation on regional issues.
Prior to his visit to Oman, Zarif paid a visit to Qatar, where he met with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.
The Iranian foreign minister discussed the latest developments in Tehran-Doha relations in different fields during his Sunday meeting with Qatar’s emir.
He also explained Iran’s stance with regard to expanding its relations with regional countries.
In his one-day visit to Doha, Zarif also called intra-regional talks aimed at boosting stability in the region a vital necessity during a meeting with his Qatari counterpart, noting that the Islamic Republic’s foreign policy approach is based on the expansion of relations with regional states.
On the second leg of his regional tour, Zarif arrived in Baghdad on Monday, and was welcomed at Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi deputy Foreign Minister Nazar Khairallah, a number of officials in the prime minister’s office, Iran’s ambassador to Baghdad and a number of Iranian diplomats in Iraq.
Zarif held talks with his counterpart Fuad Hussein, during which he called for a bigger role for Iraq in the Middle East, praised the Arab country’s important role in the Middle East and expressed Tehran’s hope that Baghdad’s role would result in positive developments in the region.
In a meeting with Iraqi President Barham Salih on Monday, Zarif stressed Iraq’s influential role in the region while explaining Iran’s viewpoint on regional security, which has been already presented to the world by Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in the form of Hormuz Peace Endeavor (HOPE).
Iran’s top diplomat said the Islamic Republic believes in a regional security system consisting of all countries present in the Persian Gulf region.
Zarif reiterated the Islamic Republic’s stance on the importance of regional convergence and hailed Baghdad’s constructive role in this regard in a separate meeting with Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Mohammed al-Halbousi.
The Iranian foreign minister also held separate talks with Head of the Hikma National Movement Ammar al-Hakim and Iraqi National Security Council (INSC) Advisor Qasim al-Araji.
Zarif also held talks with officials from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region on a range of issues on Tuesday on the second day of his visit to neighboring Iraq.
Source: Iranian Agencies