Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman has stressed that the trip by Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi to Tehran is aimed at expansion of bilateral relations, dismissing media speculations that it might be related to other issues.
“The trip of Mr Bin Alawi was made according to the schedule and to [help] develop bilateral ties,” said Bahram Qassemi in a statement on Saturday.
Pointing to the constructive atmosphere in Tehran-Muscat relations, Qassemi said the two countries in recent years have had regular consultations on various issues and worked to enhance bilateral relations.
Referring to Oman’s positive role in promoting peace and stability in the region, the spokesman said Bin Alawi’s trip was mainly aimed at expansion of economic cooperation.
“During the visit, he will meet the governor of the Central Bank of Iran and managers of governmental and private firms, in addition to political and parliamentary officials,” he said.
Qassemi said the trip is unrelated to an Oman trip by US Defense Secretary James Mattis last Sunday and the developments regarding the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Oman is an independent country that enjoys good relations with many countries. However, Mr Bin Alawi’s trip to Tehran has nothing to do with these issues,” he said.