Iran's Rouhani "extends hand of friendship" to Gulf States

Published March 13th, 2014 - 01:57 GMT
Rouhani expressed his "extension of friendship" during his meetings in Muscat this week (File Archive/AFP)
Rouhani expressed his "extension of friendship" during his meetings in Muscat this week (File Archive/AFP)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic republic pursues a policy of engagement with world countries, especially the Middle East states.

“One of the key policies of the [new] administration since it began its work more than six months ago has been constructive interaction with the world and other countries,” said President Rouhani in a meeting with Iranian and Omani merchants in the Omani capital of Muscat on Thursday.

“Iran extends a hand of friendship and brotherhood to all regional countries, particularly its neighbors in the southern part of the Persian Gulf,” the visiting president further noted.

He underlined that “this friendship and unity” will benefit the region and even the whole world.

Stating that the meeting focused on economic and commercial fields, Rouhani further underlined that a central plank of Tehran’s foreign policy is to forge closer ties with the Muslim world.

Heading a high-ranking politico-economic delegation, the Iranian president arrived in the Omani capital on Wednesday for a two-day visit at the invitation of Oman's King Sultan Qaboos.

During the visit, the two neighboring countries also signed a contract under which the Islamic Republic will supply the Persian Gulf state with 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year.

The deal comes out of a 60-billion-dollar agreement between the two countries in August 2013, under which Iran will be delivering gas to the Persian Gulf state for 25 years.

Oman is the first country in the Persian Gulf to be visited by President Rouhani after he assumed office in August.

The Omani king paid an official visit to Iran in late August 2013 as the first head of state to visit Tehran after President Rouhani was inaugurated in a ceremony on August 4.

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