Oman alarmed by threat of Iran-US conflict to entire region

IRNA – Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi has said that any conflict between Iran and the US or any miscalculated move will put the entire region in danger.

Bin Alawi expressed deep concern about the threat of Iran-US conflict in an interview with BBC News Arabic on Wednesday.

On the first anniversary of the US unilateral withdrawal from the Iran Deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on May 8, Iran reduced commitments to the July 2015 nuclear deal and took reciprocal measure based on Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA.

Although hostility between Iran and the United States is not new, but, Washington imposed harsh sanctions on Iran which cause economic pressure, the Omani foreign minister told BBC.

Muscat believes that the two sides (Iran and US) understand how dangerous the simmering conflict is, bin Alawi said, adding that the international community and the regional parties can direct Tehran and Washington to the negotiating table under the persuasive atmosphere.

About his recent visit to Tehran, bin Alawi said that it was as usual as the other meetings between the two countries; but it took place in sensitive conditions.

Commenting on the issue of Oman’s and Kuwait’s mediating role in Iran-US dispute, he said it is not called mediation, but a move in line with preservation of stability and prevention of aggression and control of it.

Both Iran and the US have demands which are normal, but none of them are seeking conflict, so window of negotiation is open, Omani foreign minister noted.

Bin Alawi arrived in Tehran on May 20 and conferred with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on regional issues.