In his first visit to the Gulf state since he assumed power last year, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi arrived in the Omani capital, Muscat, on Monday.
Oman’s state news agency reported that Raisi was welcomed upon arrival by Sultan Haitham bin Tariq during an official ceremony.
As cited by Iran’s state news agency, Raisi said in pre-departure statements that his visit to Oman aims to improve relations with neighboring countries.
He added that Oman represents “great importance” to Iran.
Adding that a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two countries during his one-day visit, he said, “Trade relations between Iran and Oman will certainly improve in various fields, including transportation, energy and tourism.”
The Iranian leader indicated, “Regional cooperation and dialogue will ensure security for our region.”
A similar visit to Qatar was made by Raisi in February. Both Oman and Qatar are members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which also comprises Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.