Oman calls for Iran's partnership in port development

TEHRAN, Feb. 21 (MNA) – Oman has suggested Iran’s participation in the development of three Omani ports as well as logistic activity of Iranian companies in Muscat.

At a meeting with Iran’s Minister of Road and Urban Development Abbas Akhundi in Tehran, Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi expressed his country’s readiness to make investments in Iran; “during a detailed meeting with Iran’s FM Zarif, we discussed the views of the two countries with regard to strategic development of trade and investment ties on the basis of mutual interest.”

Yusuf bin Alawi said the plans for bilateral cooperation between Iran and Oman will soon become operational and the necessity of road for all sorts of collaboration made us set up a meeting with the Iranian road minister.

Omani FM attached great importance to the connection of Central Asian countries to free waters adding “Oman received numerous goods from Russia which remains as a valuable corridor.”

“Creation of Oman-Iran-Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan corridor brings about several advantages for Islamic countries in Iranian and Omani ports,” highlighted the official expressing hope that experts and ministerial will soon be held in Muscat.

The senior Omani official further emphasized expansion of relations between Chabahar Port and Omani ports in view of Iran’s technological advancement in railroad and maritime transit as well as port development; “we seek to facilitate maritime transport reducing the downtime of ships in ports.”

Also at the meeting Oman’s Minister of Commerce and Industry Ali bin Masoud Al Sunaidy pointed to the venues for cooperation in Omani ports saying “Given the investment of Singaporean companies, we would welcome Iran as the third country to take part in the development of three Omani ports.”

Al Sunaidy touched upon the extensive activities of Oman’s national airline company asserting “in view of increased number of Iran-Europe flights during the post sanction era, we intend to cooperate with Iran over formation of new flight routes for long-range, regional and internal flights.”

“Oman has handed over a 150-thousand-square-meter land to the Iranian embassy in Muscat for the Iranian companies to conduct logistic activities,” maintained the official commenting “registered firms do not need to obtain a fresh license and can operate in Oman as a foreign branch of their company.”

Omani minister of commerce and industry also referred to the aircraft maintenance center at Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone calling for Iran’s partnership in construction the center.

Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a 2-day visit to hold talks with the Iranian officials.

 

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