Rouhani Visiting Oman, Kuwait

Rouhani Visiting Oman, Kuwait

Iran president to visit Oman, Kuwait was posted in World of TheNews International - https://www.thenews.com.pk on February 15, 2017 and was last updated on February 15, 2017.

"Heading a high-ranking delegation, Rouhani is to leave Tehran for Muscat on the first leg of his tour at the invitation of Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said", Iranian president's deputy chief of staff for communications and information, Parviz Esmaeili, said on Monday, Press TV reported.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country sought good relations with its Gulf Arab neighbours as he began a one-day trip to Oman and Kuwait today, his first since taking power in 2013.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after protesters torched the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

The Iranian president also described Muscat-Tehran relations as "friendly and deep-rooted", and welcomed the promotion of ties in different sectors, including economy, transportation, energy and trade.

The struggle for influence has inflamed sectarianism across the region, and tensions between Iran and the GCC have only continued to increase after seeming to peak previous year.

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The Donald Trump administration's desire to work more closely with Saudi Arabia to contain Iran may make Riyadh more willing to talk with Tehran, and observers said it was unlikely that Mr Rouhani would meet counterparts in Kuwait City without Saudi approval.

In a landmark visit last month to Tehran last month, Kuwait's Foreign Minister Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah delivered a message on the importance of Gulf-Iranian relations. It is believed they focused on reducing hostilities between Iran and the GCC.

Analysts in the Gulf were doubtful that Mr Rouhani's visit would lead to a process of detente, and from the Gulf perspective was more an attempt to show that they had tried.

The Omani ruler added that the countries of the Persian Gulf region had a "prime responsibility" to restore regional security through "consultations".

Hailing Iran and Oman as the "historic guardians of the Strait of Hormuz" as a safe and free route for worldwide trade, the president added that cooperation between the two countries greatly contributes to regional stability and development.

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