Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki , in a meeting with his Omani counterpart Yusef bin Alavi, stressed the need for the two countries to utilize their potentials in a bid to promote mutual trade and economic cooperation. Mottaki who is currently in Masqat to attend the 11th meeting of Iran-Oman joint economic commission also discussed regional issues with bin Alavi, a statement released by the Foreign Ministry’s Information and Press Bureau said.
During the meeting, the Iranian minister noted the two countries’ good ties, and called on both countries to double their efforts to use the high potentials of both countries in an effort to enhance the two states’ economic and trade cooperation.
He further reminded that Iran-Oman trade ties do not match political relations.
Regarding regional issues, Mottaki elaborated on the latest developments in Iraq and Palestine, and said that regional countries, specially the neighboring states of Iraq should increase their assistance to the popular government of that country so as to help Nuri al-Maliki’s administration to establish security in Iraq.
For his part, Omani foreign minister pointed to the success of the two countries’ joint commission meeting, and added, “With your presence, resolve and cooperation with Oman’s minister of commerce and industries, the measures we have not taken in the last few years will be drawn up in the next few months.”
He also pointed to the Iraqi prime minister’s visit to Oman, and said that Nuri al-Maliki fully understands Iraq’s problems, stressing that the Iraqi premier should be assisted.