Iranian President arrives in Oman


Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian president Hassan Rouhani heading a high-ranking delegation arrived in Muscat on Wednesday.

Visiting Oman at an official invitation by the Sultan of Oman, Rouhani was welcomed at Muscat International Airport by the deputy prime minister of Oman, Sayyid Fahad bin Mahmood Al-Said, the foreign minister and a number of officials of the country.

The official welcoming ceremony will be held in an hour by the Sultan of Oman, Qaboos bin Said al Said in Muscat's Al Alam Palace.

"The foreign policy of Iran is based on having good relations with neighboring countries and maintaining security in the Persian Gulf," said President Rouhani before leaving for Oman and Kuwait.

Rouhani was seen off by the first vicePresident EshaqJahangiri and the Supreme Leader's Advisor for International Affairs Ali Akbar Velayati early on Wednesday.

The official visit by Rouhani to Oman and Kuwait is aimed at developing ties in public and private sectors, as well as discussing regional issues.

President Rouhani is accompanied by a number of his advisors and representatives of the private sector.

He is set to leave Muscat and make an official visit to Kuwait later today.

Before leaving for Oman, President Rouhani told reporters: "Iran seeks to deepen ties with the countries of the region and its neighbors, as well as to bolster stability, security, and development in the whole region".

Referring to the message of the six countries of the Persian Gulf emphasizing their resolve to develop ties with Iran and also settling misunderstandings through dialogue, he said: "we welcome the essence of the message and we will have meetings and discussions about fostering cooperation during the visit".

"Iran has never sought to invade and intervene in domestic issues of any country, not it has tried to impose its religious and political views on others," said Rouhani adding that Iran was seeking cooperation with Islamic and neighboring countries.

He continued: "the security of the region should be protected by the countries of the region; foreign presence is not only effective but also detrimental. The countries of the region are mature enough to do this".

Describing discord and division in the region fake, promoted by world powers, he said: "Sunni and Shia have had peaceful coexistence for centuries and Iranophobia, Shiaphobia, Sunniphobia, and Neighbourphobia are all fake, made by outsiders; misunderstandings will definitely be resolved through negotiation".

"There are very good potentials for developing bilateral ties between Iran and these countries," said Rouhani referring to amicable relations between Iran and Kuwait and Oman.

On the volatile turbulent situation of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, he said: "During this visit, we will discuss putting an end to bloodshed in these countries".

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