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FM: Ties With Oman  Close, Exemplary
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FM: Ties With Oman  Close, Exemplary

Iran and his reliable partner Oman enjoy close relations that have set an example for other Mideast states, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

Zarif made the statement during a joint press conference with visiting Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah after their meeting in Tehran on Saturday, Fars News Agency reported.

"Iran's ties with Oman are exemplary and an example for the region," he said. "Oman is a good and reliable neighbor for the Islamic Republic and we believe there is no limitation for our relations that are in line with the interests of the region and the world."

In their meeting, the foreign minister explained the two sides have discussed political and security ties, in addition to economic cooperation.

"We conferred about banking, transit, commercial, industrial, energy and customs cooperation," he said.

Zarif said the two sides have also discussed ways of promoting joint investments, as well as a gas pipeline that will be built between the two countries.

In March 2014, Iran sealed a deal to export 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year to Oman, which involved building the subsea Iran-Oman pipeline across the Persian Gulf.

Bin Alawi said his trip to Iran is aimed at bolstering brotherly ties by preparing a timetable for wide-ranging cooperation.

The top Omani diplomat hoped Iran-Oman plans to strengthen partnership would lead to a mechanism for regional cooperation to heal divisions among Mideast states and promote security in the region.

"We must consider regional interests in our actions ... and not undertake measures that put the region at risk," he said.

Bin Alawi arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a two-day visit to discuss issues of mutual interests as well as key regional and international developments with Iranian officials.

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