An editorial in Bahar titled, “Sultan Qabus Is Coming to Iran as Rouhani’s First Guest; the Mediator Is on His Way to Tehran” highlights the role Oman has played during previous issues between Iran and the West (release of UK sailors arrested by the IRGC Navy in the Persian Gulf, the three US tourists arrested at the Iran-Iraq border, and the release of Iranian diplomat Nasratollah Tajik, who was under house arrest in the UK). The author underlines the importance of relations with Oman, maintaining “that unlike other littoral countries of the Persian Gulf, Tehran-Muscat relations have always remained friendly.” The daily cites the relationship between Sultan Qabus and President Rouhani, when he led Iran’s nuclear negotiation team, and adds, “Now, the former Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) as the president is hosting a king, who knows what role he can play in international relations and disputes? Hence, it is unlikely that he [Rouhani] will simply ignore this opportunity, especially considering the fact that his government is determined to put interaction with the world at the top of its agenda.” Related: Iran denies plans to establish ties with US through Oman (many editorials in the Iranian press have been dedicated to the upcoming visit to Iran by Qabus).
Oman can play an important role in mediation between Iran and the West
- Published: 10 days ago on Friday, 23 August 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: August 23, 2013 @ 11:15 am
- Filed Under: International
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