Surprise Visit Probably Taken on Behalf of U.S. to Bridge Gap with Iran
No details of the meeting were available, but in the past Oman has played a major go-between role between Iran and the United States on nuclear issues. In the last months of Ahmadinejad presidency, Oman hosted senior-level secret talks between the two countries, which eventually led to Geneva talks and the interim agreement, JPOA. Last week, Muscat hosted two days of talks between Zarif and Secretary of State John Kerry and EU envoy Catherine Ashton.
Omani foreign minister’s visit to Tehran is most probably taken on behalf of the United States, aiming to bridge the gap with Iran only days before the 24 November deadline. The last meeting between Iran and P5+1 before the deadline will start on Tuesday in Vienna.
File photo: Oman’s Foreign Minister Youssef Bin Alawi Bin Abdullah (Press TV)