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News number: 8805131126

15:29 | 2009-08-04

Economy

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Iran Ready to Start Gas Exports to Oman

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran on Tuesday announced readiness to export gas to its southern neighbor Oman in a bid to materialize an earlier agreement between the two countries.



"Iran voices its readiness to materialize the agreement for gas exports to Oman," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in an interview with Omani state run tv and new agency, referring to the two countries' mutual cooperation on energy, gas and petroleum.

Mottaki pointed to the visit by Omani King Qaboos bin Said al-Said to Tehran on Tuesday and termed it important and effective in the improvement of relations between the two countries in different fields.

He also reiterated that regional security, economic meltdown and the energy status of the region are among the most significant issues to be discussed by the Omani King and Iranian officials.

"Oman's policy of détente and balance has always paved the way for the establishment of stability and security in the region," Mottaki added.

Sultan Qaboos, heading a high-ranking delegation, arrived in Iran this morning to confer with the Islamic Republic officials on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The King is due to meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei later on the day.