Omani minister seeking broader cultural ties with Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Omani Minister of Information Abdul Monem bin Mansour al-Hassani stressed the need to further develop and expand relations with Iran, specially in cultural spheres.

Hassani made the remarks on Saturday, visiting Iran’s booth at the 21st International Masqat Book Fair.

He expressed the hope that cultural relations between the two neighbors would further increase, specially through book exhibitions.

Over 250,000 books from 650 publications are being displayed at the Masqat Book Fair.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah had said Muscat was looking for a major expansion of strategic cooperation with Tehran in a range of fields, including energy, economy, investment, culture, science and regional security.

Speaking to journalists at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran, Alawi said the presence of the high-ranking Omani delegation in Tehran doesn’t go against the interests of any other nation and that “cooperation is our first and last goal.”

“We came to the Iranian capital after the lifting of illegal sanctions. We have come here to cement our ties firmly and accordingly. Our trip is part a global effort to normalize ties with Tehran. This is also largely because of Iran’s position among the regional states,” he added.

According to the Omani foreign minister, “Cooperation with Iran will open new horizons for us, which is establishing regional peace and security. We would like to get this done and show it to the rest of the region that they can cooperate with each other. This trip helped us see our theory in practice.”

By Fars News Agency