Muscat: Oman has proved its credentials once again as an international arbitrator for peaceful solutions in world affairs when it hosted the US and Iran nuclear talks earlier this week at the Al Bustan Palace Hotel.
The effort has been widely reported and acclaimed by international media across the world when US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif met for three days of talks aimed at convincing Iran not to build nuclear weapons.
Online statistics showed that about 1,960 articles were published and the discussions were covered by major television channels like the CNN, Al Jazeera, Britain’s Sky News, BBC World Services, Voice of America, MBC, French Television Network as well as international news agencies like Reuters, Bloomberg and AFP.
More than 200 international journalists covered the event on November 12 in Muscat representing renowned publications like Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, the Sun and, Herald Tribune along with, The Guardian, Times of India , Chicago Tribune and The Denver Post.
The Telegraph of London called the talks in Muscat ‘historical’ while Al Jazeera Television quoted Zarif as saying, “Oman’s mediation is of substantial value to the world.” BBC World Services said,
“Oman once again asserts its influence in world affairs.”
Nigeria’s leading newspaper the The Punch simply said, “Oman is an integral part of the Middle East’s peace landscape” in reference to the US-Iranian nuclear standoff and the Chicago Tribune paid tribute to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said as a leader who has “a mission to spread the light of peace in the difficult region.”
Iran’s top official has also paid tribute to Oman’s role in the negotiations calling the Sultanate a “true friend in difficult times.”
“Oman has always stood by us and for all those who have peaceful intentions. Oman’s friendship with Iran has passed the test of time, and we know in our hearts that our relationship will go a long way for the benefit of not only our countries but in the region as a whole,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by the Irna news agency IRNA.
Last week, Kerry had warm words when he arrived in Muscat hailing Oman’s role in the talks as a “significant step towards stability in the region” and the effort was welcomed by President Barack Obama and the world community.
“I just want to thank His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said and I want to thank the foreign minister and all Omanis for hosting all of us here, for their generous welcome, and for the role they have played in helping to bring the parties together to be able to have these negotiations,” Kerry said in Muscat.
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