Oman’s Sultan Qaboos carries no mediatory message for Iran: MP

A senior Iranian lawmaker says the visiting Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said has not brought any mediatory messages for the Islamic Republic.

“Oman’s ruler carries no mediation message from a specific country for Iran and the two states will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues,” spokesman for Iran Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Sunday.

He added that Tehran and Muscat enjoy deep-rooted amicable relations in various fields and share close views in international circles.

The Omani ruler arrived in Tehran at the head of a high-ranking delegation on a three-day official visit on Sunday as the first head of state to visit Iran since President Hassan Rouhani took office on August 4, 2013.

“The two countries’ officials usually hold meetings and discuss various issues and Iran-US ties are likely to be one of these subjects that the two countries (Iran and Oman) will express their views [about],” the legislator stated.

Naqavi Hosseini said Omani officials know that Tehran is not responsible for the current problem in ties with the US “but these relations have been severed due to Washington’s hostile attitude in the years following the victory of the Islamic Revolution.”

On August 6, President Rouhani said during a press conference that the Islamic Republic is ready to hold talks with any country in line with Iran’s national interests.

The Iranian president added that Tehran is closely monitoring all measures taken by the US and will respond properly to Washington’s “practical and constructive” moves, stressing, “What is important for us is the US administration’s practical response and not statements.”

He urged the US to hear the Iranian nation’s message, saying, “If we see that the US is serious in resolving the problems, we will also be serious.”

Rouhani made the remarks in response to an earlier White House statement about US readiness to work with Tehran on the case of Iran’s nuclear energy program should the new Iranian administration “choose to engage substantively and seriously.”

By Press TV


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