TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Oman are discussing plans to lift visa requirements in a reciprocal move, Tehran’s Ambassador to Masqat Ali Akbar Sibouyeh announced on Wednesday.
“Iran and Oman enjoy highly good relations and no economic, trade or political issue can impair the two countries’ ties,” Sibouyeh told reporters today.
“The two countries are in talks over lifting visa requirements and developing trade relations,” he added.
Noting that the volume of trade exchanges between Iran and Oman stands at $1bln, Sibouyeh said that the agreement to build gas pipeline between the two countries would soon be implemented after preliminary works by the technical committees are complete.
Iranian officials have repeatedly underlined that they attach great importance to the consolidation of Tehran’s relations with the Middle-East countries, specially with the Persian Gulf littoral states, in order to protect and promote peace and security in the region.
Head of Iran-Oman Chamber of Commerce Mohsen Zarrabi said in December that Iran and Oman planned to expand their maritime trade through establishment of direct shipping lines between the two Persian Gulf countries’ ports.
“We are scheduled to hold talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shipping Lines next week and launch direct shipping line from Iran to Oman,” he said in a meeting with Head of Omani chamber of commerce.
Zarrabi also highlighted the importance of Iran-Oman Chamber of Commerce with 185 members, and said Iran and Oman agreed to facilitate issuance of visa requirements for traders of the two countries as well as banking transactions.
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